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The multitude and magnitude of coronavirus stressors on children

The perfect storm of insecurities and isolation creates a setup for mental health concerns and crisis. At BMC, at least 10 percent of parents have requested behavioral health support. By Barry Zuckerman and Katherine Gergen Barnett We’re months into the “new normal’’ of the coronavirus pandemic: social distancing, economic lockdowns, isolating ourselves from one another. […]

The power of the pause: Helping your child learn about mindfulness in this stressful time

By Frank Sileo, Magination Press Family Families all over the world are experiencing increased stress and anxiety. As we all practice social distancing, our daily routines have been disrupted. While this is stressful, it also provides an opportunity to slow down, to pause, and learn new coping strategies. The post below explores the power of […]

Why teens may never be the same after the pandemic

By Scottie Andrew, There will be no graduation for the Class of 2020 — at least not one that would’ve forced seniors to wake up early and file into an auditorium with their peers, dressed in flimsy gowns and caps they’ve been told they can’t throw. Prom is canceled, too — so the budget that […]

A 20-minute dose of nature can cut your stress

By Jim Erickson, Futurity “In this time of uncertainty, social isolation, and adjustment to a different lifestyle, spending time in nature—while maintaining proper social distancing, of course—is one type of antidote for our distress,” says MaryCarol Hunter. Spending just 20 minutes in nature can significantly lower stress hormone levels, researchers say. The benefits of experiencing […]

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What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

BY MADELINE OSTRANDER For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin. The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its dividing cells turn into neurons, arranging themselves into layers and forming the first synapses, the organ’s electrical wiring. […]

Apprenticeships for youth now have national momentum (Part 1)

By Ray Glier, youthtoday.org Da’Sean Harrison, 22, has ambitions to be a general contractor, a master of all trades. Now working on a construction job in the Seattle area, he marvels over the skills of one worker he and his co-workers have nicknamed “wizard.” Harrison wants to be a wizard. The Washington state legislation that […]

APA’s new survey on stress and technology use has implications for mentoring

Written by Justin Preston Last week the American Psychological Association (APA) released the second part of their findings from their 1oth annual Stress in America survey. While the first part of the findings dealt with changing national politics, the economy, and other topics (see below for a link to the report on these findings), we […]

It’s that time of year: 5 self-care tips for navigating holiday stress

Written by the American Psychological Association With the holiday season getting underway and the decorations coming out, it is important to remember that the holidays have the potential to create additional challenges. Families are cutting back, people are worrying about job security or unemployment, and seniors are concerned about their retirement. Such worries are stressful, and the […]

Youth anxiety: What to say when your mentee is anxious

Written by Carey Wallace, time.com Today’s kids are more worried than any kids in recent history. According to some long-term surveys of mental-health literature, the average kid today is more anxious than people who were hospitalized for anxiety in the 1950s. And those worries tend to intensify around times of transition — like the start […]

Coping with stress? Start with a smile: How smiling promotes stress recovery

From the Association for Psychological Science   Just grin and bear it! At some point, we have all probably heard or thought something like this when facing a tough situation. But is there any truth to this piece of advice? Feeling good usually makes us smile, but does it work the other way around? Can […]