LIVE, LOVE, LEARN
What human beings can be, they must be. Abraham Maslow
You are perfect just the way you are. And you could use a little work. Ani Pema
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment with an open, curious mind. It's being really aware of your life as it's happening. Scientific research shows that learning to be mindful can help reduce stress and anxiety, increase feelings of well-being and peace, improve concentration and focus and help you be physically healthier. Mindfulness is part of many religions but you don't have to be religious to learn about it and use it.
Mindfulness is the opposite of "mindless," like how many of us are a lot of the time. Mindless means not really paying attention, not really being there in your life. We are mindless when we are not really listening to a parent or a friend, not paying attention in class, eating without really realizing what we're eating, thinking about something that already happened or might happen some day, forgetting where you put something or why you went in the other room. It's like being on auto-pilot. We miss a lot, being like that.
Here is a good link to help you better understand what mindfulness is and how it can help you to be happier, healthier and more successful at school and in life in general:
MINDFULNESS FOR TEENS
Mindfulness is a practice that can help you learn to be more mindful, more present in your life as it is happening, less reactive to stress and problems. Here is some info to help you see how meditation could help you feel more comfortable being you and more able to really rock it in your life:
WHY TEENS SHOULD MEDITATE
HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS: Here is a great site to help you learn about and start trying meditation. It's really simple and helps with mood, focus, anxiety and feeling good about yourself: BREATHE
BEING YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND
In this section, we will share ways to help you feel better about yourself and your life. Included is information on self-compassion, happiness and kindness toward others. Yes, you can choose to be happier, more free and comfortable in your own skin! Doing this can in turn help you be more successful in relationships, school work and life in general. It's totally worth it! Let's do it!
SELF COMPASSION means being kind and not judging yourself harshly, like how you probably treat a dear friend or precious pet.
Here is a cool little test that helps you see how caring you are toward yourself: Test How Self Compassionate You Are
Happiness isn't a goal so much as a by-product of living in the present with appreciation and ease in who we are and who others are, too. Here is some info on how to help yourself feel happier, today:
5 Ways to Increase Happiness
SAFE RELATIONSHIPS :
Have you or your friends been in relationships that aren't healthy? It can be hard to know for sure, or to do anything about it. You all deserve to feel safe and loved. Here is a little test to get an idea of what an unsafe relationship might look like and what to do about it:
UNSAFE RELATIONSHIP QUIZ
Here is info if you need to get help:
loveisrespect or Call 1-866-331-9474 (24/7)
Chat Online with loveisrespect (7 days/week, 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM EST) or text loveis to 22522
People come in all shapes, sizes and ways of being. This includes who we are attracted to sexually. Research clearly indicates that this is not a choice, but people can be very sensitive about this issue and judgmental, too. This can be very difficult and even horrible for a person who recognizes that they may be or are LGBTQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning or an Ally and there are more always being added). Who wants to be judged for who they are? Don't be ashamed of who you are! Here is a link for more information and support:
Here is support if you want LGBTQA+ care and respect (which you completely deserve):
The Trevor Project Call 866-488-7386 (24/7) Live Chat with the Trevor Project (Fridays 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST)
MOOD ISSUES: Are you or someone you care having problems with Depression, Anxiety or Anger?
We all experience many feelings. It's normal. Feelings like sadness, anxiety and anger are only problems when they make it hard for us to get along with others or be successful at home or school. There is help for you if you or someone you know is struggling with managing or expressing their feelings in a healthy way. Please speak with a trusted friend or adult, including your counselors. Here are some links you can also use to learn more about feelings and healthy ways to cope:
If your depression is getting the better of you and you have thoughts of suicide or want to hurt someone else, ask for help right away. Look under Resources for help: Resources
CALL 911 IN AN EMERGENCY
In the end, what matters the most are our relationships. This includes our relationship with ourselves. It is so important to water the seeds of self respect, caring and love, for both other beings and yourself. We can't give to others what we don't already possess. Learn to love yourself as you are; that is when we are most able to grow and change. SELF ESTEEM AND LOVE
USE THESE COOL RESOURCES BUT PLEASE STILL CONTACT YOUR COUNSELORS/ADMIN WITH ANY NEEDS!
LHS supports but is not affiliated with any of the links provided
All the research shows that we see the negative and miss the positive. It's built into out brains and it's not our fault. However, we can choose to focus on the positive all around us, every day. It's a MINDFUL CHOICE, and it's ours to make. Here's some more info on being intentionally positive and grateful and how good it is for you:
Humans are meant to move. It makes us feel better, physically, emotionally and mentally. Make sure you are active, doing things you enjoy. It can help if you are feeling sad, nervous, worried or overwhelmed. It can help you if you are already doing well, too! Here is some more info on moving your body and feeling great:
Sometimes, when we feel stressed out or badly about ourselves, we can end struggling with things that didn't used to be a problem for us. Food and eating can be one place where many of us become vulnerable. If we feel anxious, depressed or lousy about ourselves, we might think we need to lose lots of weight or keep weight off in ways that actually really hurt us. This can become a habit and can make us sick. It can be embarrassing and something we hide from others. You or your friends don't have to keep feeling like this! Check out this link to start learning more about disordered eating and ways to feel better:
Look here for info on how to eat mindfully and with an attitude of self kindness instead of torture:
Here is info on healthy ways to eat:
SLEEP: Many teenagers are notorious night owls :) It can be easy to not get enough sleep when you like to stay up late but still have to get up early for school. You might also be struggling with problems falling or staying asleep. Here is a journal to use if you'd like to start working on getting better sleep to be your best you!
Don't Drop Out!
Stay in school. You can succeed and we will help you. If you lose hope and quit, your chances of being independent, successful and able to care for yourself and others really drops. There are so many things you can do to improve your ability to learn and succeed. You can do it! We can help you! Please check out this site to learn more, including finding access to extra tutoring and support.
DON'T DROP OUT
MANAGE YOUR TIME:
It's really important to use your precious time well, but easier said than done! Here is some help in making the most of your time: