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The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Tough But You Can Be Tougher

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Tough But You Can Be Tougher

  If you are like many, physical distancing is getting old and your mental health might be starting to suffer. This is very common. We know the steps we are taking are important to protect physical health but it doesn’t always make it easier.   With all of this time on your hands, you may be tempted to make poor decisions….     We understand that but are confident you can turn those decisions around, laugh a little about even thinking about them, and move onto managing this time in ways that will help you come...

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You Want the Tooth About Marijuana?

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You Want the Tooth About Marijuana?

Wow, all this talk and action to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes has people wondering if it really is safe. As a teen, what you need to know is that it is NOT SAFE for you. The Academy of Pediatrics was not going to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes for anyone under the age of 18 because of the harms it can cause to a developing a brain (That is what you have, a brain still under construction. This is true regardless of how mature your body appears.) They have relented only for extreme medical...

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Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness

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Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness

  Focus – Mindful meditation has been correlated directly with cognitive flexibility and attentional functioning. Cognitive flexibility – With the help of mindful meditation, you can become less reactive and develop the skill of self-observation. You will begin to develop more adaptive responses to stressful or negative situations. Relationship satisfaction – By practicing mindful meditation, you are able to respond well to stress in relationships and become better at communicating your emotions to a partner. Stress...

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Give Yourself a Mental Break

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Give Yourself a Mental Break

  High School can be a very stressful time. Applying for colleges, after school practices, unhealthy diets and an awful sleep schedule can take a toll on your body and brain. Resulting in anxiety, depression and mood swings that could possibly affect your connections with others. Here are 10 ideas to improve your mental health! 1.) Meditation Use your spare time in-between classes to close your eyes, deep breath and relax. Doing this will ease your mind and possibly give you a new perspective on your day. 2.) Make Positive Lists Focusing...

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Plan ahead

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Plan ahead

As you get older, social circles widen. When this happens, it becomes more important to think through who is going to be involved in an event. While even your best friends can come up with some not very good ideas…     others may come up with ideas that can put you in a position where you feel pressured to make decisions that you know are not a good idea and could possibly harm you or others. To prevent this from happening, it is best to plan ahead.  Start with thinking through how you can tell someone you don’t want to go to...

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Naps (AKA Memory Boosters)

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Naps (AKA Memory Boosters)

  Did you know short-term memory is limited? That means, you can only fit so much in when you study. To free up space and transfer the information to long-term memory, sleep is required. This means nap breaks are great when you are studying and reviewing your notes right before going to sleep at night is ideal. The trick to taking a nap, is determining what length time you should sleep to reap the rewards you are looking for and not sleeping so long that it interferes with sleep at night.     To ensure you don’t sleep...

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Successful People.

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Successful People.

There are things the most successful people do that make them great. The two most important things: 1. Always push yourself to the edge of your ability. 2. Look at those better than you and emulate them. If you are interested in learning more, check out the full article from Eric...

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Happy and Productive

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Happy and Productive

  According to Sean Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, your brain at positive is 31% more productive than at negative, neutral or stressed. Investing in your happiness is worth it! Try these five things to help:   1. Think of three things you are grateful for each day. 2. Journal about positive experiences. 3. Exercise 4. Meditate 5. Perform Random Acts of Kindness   To be entertained and find out why, check out this Ted Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work*. It is about twelve minutes of comedy that you can watch over...

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Eye of the Beholder.

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Eye of the Beholder.

  beauty is in the eye of the beholder phrase of beauty proverb:beauty cannot be judged objectively, for what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.   Photography is a wonderful hobby or art. If you look at the works of some of the greatest photographers, you will see each focuses on and captures images differently. This itself is a great lesson in valuing your own uniqueness. There are always going to be others that find you beautiful or the way you go through life beautiful.   Open the picture...

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Fear is Natural.

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Fear is Natural.

FEAR TRUTH #1 The fear will never go away as long as you continue to grow! Every time you take a step into the unknown, you experience fear. There is no point in saying, “When I am no longer afraid, then I will do it.” You’ll be waiting for a long time. The fear is part of the package. FEAR TRUTH #2 The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and…do it! When you do it often enough, you will no longer be afraid in that particular situation. You will have faced the unknown and you will have handled it....

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