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Teaching Your Kids About Mental and Emotional Health: Episode 20



“ There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”  ~ Leonard Cohen

 

Teaching kids about mental and emotional health and how it influences their well-being, is the best way to protect them and give them tools to succeed in life. Today’s podcast encourages you to increase the awareness over mental health matters and get the conversation started with your kids.

 

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Links and resources:

https://www.mhanational.org/childrens-mental-health

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/children-and-mental-health/index.shtml

https://childmind.org/

https://namimainlinepa.org/mental-health-books-for-children-and-teens-and-their-parents/

https://www.pixar.com/feature-films/inside-out

https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/535865

How To Calm Your ADHD Mind: Episode 018



“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos” ~ Donna Karen

Learn how to calm your racing mind with a few simple practices. Mindfulness is a great way to get out of your head and become fully present in the moment so you can feel centered and calm, both in your mind and body.

 

ADHD and Anxiety: Episode 016



 

“You are always one decision away from a totally different life.”

 

ADHD and anxiety can co-occur. Both conditions share overlapping symptoms and can be easily misdiagnosed. Getting an accurate diagnosis is essential in developing a treatment plan. This week’s episode encourages you to dig a bit deeper to gain clarity on what you or a loved one is really struggling with, so you can start making changes in order to live your best life.

 

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Coping With Stressors: Episode 013



 

Problems aren’t the problem; coping is the problem ~ Virginia Satir

 

Everyone has stressors, but not everyone copes with them the same way. Are your coping strategies problem focused or emotion focused? The way you appraise your stressor will determine how you cope with it. Your appraisal depends on personal, collective and social factors. Awareness is the first step towards developing adaptive responses toward managing your problems.

 

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Covid-19 Psychological Distress: Episode 006



“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it” – Hellen Keller

There has been a shift from everyday “normal” to extreme uncertainty and loss due to the covid-19 virus, and for some, this will be traumatic. Emotional distress shows up in different ways; emotionally, cognitively, physically, spiritually and socially. There is no right or wrong way to feel; however it’s important to find healthy ways to cope. This episode offers a few things to consider to help you or a loved one cope in a healthy way.

 

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Ground Yourself: Episode 003



Grounding is a technique you can use to connect with the present moment, the here and now. It is especially useful during heightened anxiety or when you are having spiraling thoughts. It is a mindfulness technique that gets you out of your head and back into your body. There are many ways to ground yourself, including using your body, your five senses, breath, self-soothing, observing and distracting.
Grounding is not about making an emotion go away, rather it is allowing the experience to exist as you stay present in the moment, while you lower the intensity of distress.

Tune into episode #3 of HMHS show for examples on how to use grounding techniques.

 

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Behaviors that might suggest a teenager is experiencing difficulties



Parents often worry about their teens behavior. It is the norm for teenagers to sometimes appear withdrawn and moody and in their own world, but this shouldn’t last for a long time or interfere with their functioning.

We all have needs, such as feeling safe, liked, understood, and supported and they show up in different ways. There are times, however, when mental health issues can arise when things don’t seem to be going as expected. Your child may be experiencing lack of confidence, anxiety, perhaps even being bullied. Talk to them and help them express their feelings and come up with solutions.

The following is a list of behaviors that might suggest a teenager is experiencing difficulties.

If you are concerned about any of them, talk to your child and get professional help.

  • Becoming withdrawn and losing interest in friends, sports or favorite activities.
  • Having changes in sleep patterns such as not sleeping or sleeping for long periods.
  • Avoiding food, overeating or exercising excessively.
  • Seeming to be preoccupied or obsessed over a particular issue.
  • Having a change in mood such as becoming hostile or having feelings of anxiety or depression.
  • Having a sudden drop in schoolwork.
  • Doing things that don’t make sense to others.
  • Seeing or hearing things that nobody else sees or hears.
  • Being excessively tired or neglecting personal hygiene.
  • Wearing long sleeve clothes in hot weather. It may suggest they are hiding signs of self-harm.

Back To School Stress Busters



A new school year can be an exciting, yet stressful time in your child’s life.
Numerous thoughts cross their minds about the Welcome backpossibilities that await them, both academically and socially. For parents, there are stressors too, such as adjusting to schedules, additional demands and having your child out of your care. As a family, this is a great opportunity to strengthen your connection as you support each other through this journey. Here are some tips to help you manage the stress:

1. Talk about their school day everyday. Ask questions and really listen. Sometimes, your child may want help brainstorming solutions to a situation and other times they may just want you to listen. During this time give your child your undivided attention. Also remember to share their enthusiasm for all the good things that they experienced.

2. Make sure your child has at least 8-10 hours sleep and all the electronics, including TV are shut off 30 minutes prior to bedtime. Mornings can be easy by creating a morning routine, having them set out their clothes or uniforms, getting backpacks ready and breakfast chosen the night before goes a long way.

3. The best way to immediately tone down your stress level is a few deep breaths. The breath is best inhaled through the nose and exhaled through the mouth. Try this as soon as you feel a stressor.

4. Have your child develop a new mantra “I’ve got this.” This mantra will be useful every time they feel uncertain about something. It is used as a simple reminder that it’s ok, they are going to be fine, they can do it! So, before that test that they studied for- “I’ve got this” – before they go talk to that new someone – “I’ve got this”.

5. Social concerns are high for kids. Remind them that not everyone is going to see eye to eye with them and may not even like them and that’s OK! We are all unique and special and the most important thing is that we like ourselves and are nice and respectful to others. Encourage your child to find a group of friends that they feel comfortable with and remind them that over time they can always choose to develop more friendships.