If you’re a parent, you full well know that the school system has changed since you last had to go to homeroom. What once was a place of peer socialization and inquisitive curiosity, has now morphed into priorities of test scores, GPA’s, and college acceptance letters. High levels of perfectionism and over-achieving are leading to even higher levels of anxiety and depression among high school and college students. But it isn’t just older teens that are feeling the pressure of academic success. Due to standardized tests, increasing amounts of homework, and a complete rework of curriculum, kids as young as first grade are showing symptoms of school stress. With the framework of No Child Left Behind, we want to help you help your kids cope with school stress.
Social media. You may hate it, you may love it, or you may be one of the few who’s indifferent to it. No matter how you feel about it though, it’s now a part of our culture. As it continues to change and evolve, it is becoming easier and easier for the youth to become entrapped in the “game” of social media status. With more YouTubers, Instagram influencers, and communicative tools that emerge daily, we want to take the time to discuss the positive and negative impacts social media can have on your kids and what you can do to be aware of their online time.
While we know you wish you could protect your kids from everything, there are some things in life they are going to have to experience. Unfortunately, bullying is one of those things that most kids deal with in today’s world. Bullies and mean kids exist at every age and grade level. And they can make normally mundane tasks, like standing at the bus stop or playing at recess, a nightmare. Not to forget, bullying can leave deep, emotionally traumatizing scars. In worse case scenarios, it can involve in threats, damage, or someone getting hurt! Here are some ways you can help your child cope with school bullying.
Emotional support animals are quite popular in today’s world. Some days if feels like you can’t go anywhere without seeing one. They’re at the airport, shopping centers, and even some restaurants. With the rise in animal support popularity, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the original animal-based therapy, animal-assisted therapy (AAT), and the benefits animals can have in the rehabilitation of those with acute or chronic, physical and mental diseases.
Does your office stress you out? And not just in the sense of insensitive superiors, deadlines, and nosey co-workers. What about your actual physical work environment? Are there days you can’t see your desk due to the amount of paper and clutter? Does it feel like someone is always checking your work over your shoulder? What about Linda two cubes over who won’t stop loudly complaining about her daily woes? No matter what’s getting you down, it’s still getting you down. And therefore, most likely affecting both your attitude and performance at work. Here are a few ways you can set yourself up for success by creating a stress-free office space!
Fall has been deemed a favorite, “basic” season. But who can blame anyone for loving the time when the leaves begin to change? The time when evening bonfires ignite. When we trade swimsuits for cozy sweaters and seltzers for a warm drink. The excitement of summer is official fading. And fall is the perfect time to head back indoors and turn inward. Plus, with the holidays sneaking up, you’re going to need time to recharge in order to get through all the events on your social calendar. What does fall self-care look like? We’re so glad you asked! Think cozy thoughts and enjoying the changing of the season!
As a parent, you have a number of things to worry about in regard to your child. You have to cater to their needs, like providing food, proper clothing, and putting them to bed at a reasonable hour. But how often do you think about their mental and emotional needs? Mental health support is an essential part of your child’s development. And mental health is part of an interactive relationship with their physical health and a number of other things. While these needs aren’t as obvious, mental health allows kids to develop socially, learn new things, and think clearly. Both physical and mental health affects how we think, feel, and act – not just on the outside but on the inside as well. As a new school year begins, it’s important to make sure your child has mental health support, so they are set up for success.
Not that it seems like there’s ever a good time to suffer from a mental illness, but now more than ever, creators are making content that both resonates and helps those suffering. The following list contains some of our favorite shows and episodes that cover mental health topics and issues in their storylines. So, the next time you feel the need to binge out, try these mental health shows!
Please note that this article also covers sensitive topics.
Do you feel like you’re running out of gas? Burnout is one of those road hazards in life that many of us should keep a close eye out for. But more often than not, we rarely see it coming. Those who are prone to burnout are often so passionate about what they do, that they tend to ignore the facts. They’re working exceptionally long hours. Taking on exceedingly heavy workloads. And putting enormous pressure on themselves to excel. All of which make them at risk for burnout. Read more
Wonderful sleep. We often think as sleep as our time to shut down and reboot. But did you know that it is during sleep that we are extremely active? It is during sleep that a lot of important processing, restoration, detoxification, regulation, and strengthening occurs. We still aren’t sure why our bodies are programmed to need such a long period of sleep. But researchers do understand some of the critical functions of sleep. And why we need consistent, quality sleep for optimal health and wellbeing.