Your teen struggles with their mental health. It may have been on and off during particularly stressful periods of their life, but you know they are prone to anxiety, depression, and burn out. Knowing this, it can be overwhelming thinking that your child is moving out without the needed therapeutic support. It might be tempting to ignore this important facet of the transition to college, but I urge you not to. If you do, you risk your college-bound kid struggling incredibly… possibly to the point of needing to withdraw. Fortunately, you have some options. Continue reading
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There’s a lot of pressure on teens to “succeed”, and sometimes there’s equal pressure for parents to raise kids that succeed. However, this pressure is leading teens to burn out and falter. You’ve seen the signs that your teen is over-scheduled and stressed out. So now what? There are five concrete ways you can help your teen. Continue reading
Today’s teens, especially where I am in Los Angeles, are often over-scheduled and stressed out. Their schedules are packed with extracurricular activities and endless homework. Instead of getting much needed sleep every night to recharge for the next day, teens stay up late trying to finish homework and study for tests. Even the most capable high-achievers begin to crumble under the pressure. Your formerly kind, calm tween transforms into a tangled ball of stress, anxiety, irritability, and heightened emotions.
When overwhelmed with emotional pain, you need a way to untangle from it so you can better manage your feelings. If you stay completely absorbed by your negative emotions, then it’s more likely to snowball into stronger and more heightened negativity. Grounding is a set of strategies to help “ground” you back to the world around you. Instead of getting lost and overwhelmed in your head thinking about the past or future, it brings you back to present reality. Grounding has been shown to help people better regulate their emotions. Continue reading
Being a lawyer is stressful. There’s no getting around that. Frequently, you have so much work that you can’t possibly fathom how you’re going to finish it all on time. If you leave that stress and overwhelm unchecked, you’re at risk for burning out. This can cause you to make mistakes at work or delve deep into a depressive episode.
Chronic stress can also weaken your immune system, which can result in a downward cycle of getting sick, missing work, getting behind, becoming more stressed, getting stick again, and so on. It also can cause muscle aches, digestive issues, and high blood pressure.
You’ve invested a lot of time into building up your career. You might feel like you have to power-through everything and be super man or super woman, but that’s counterproductive. Continue reading
There are so many different reasons people may hate being alone. For one person, boredom creeps in and she doesn’t know how to entertain herself. For another, negative thoughts intrude and he thinks about all of his regrets when he’s not busy and occupied. Someone else feels deep, depressing loneliness when she’s alone.
Whatever the reason, here are five ways to learn how to be alone, even if you hate it:
When you have an anxious teen, it can feel very confusing how to help. You want to be empathetic, but you also don’t want to feed into your child’s anxiety. It can be quite a difficult balancing act. Watch this video to learn how you can best support your anxious teen.
It can be terrifying to think about talking to your boss about something as personal (and, unfortunately, stigmatized) as mental health struggles. This video will give you some ideas of what to think about before you decide to disclose. Continue reading
Life is stressful. Unfortunately, there’s no way around that fact of life. As much as you’d like to, you can’t control stressful situations, but you can definitely control how you cope with the stressors. By finding healthy ways to manage stress, you can prevent negative consequences of stress, like depression and cardiovascular disease.
But we all know that everyone is different, so how you choose to manage your stress will be unique to you. Here are five healthy, research-informed ways to help reduce stress. Not all five things may float your boat, so choose what works best for you. Continue reading
The American Psychological Association recently published research indicating that perfectionism in our young people (e.g., adolescents, emerging adults) is on the rise. This doesn’t surprise me at all, as I’ve worked with numerous teens and emerging adults struggling with perfectionism. It seems to be especially prevalent in the high-achieving families and private schools in Los Angeles.