Fostering a Positive Mindset in Your Teen

By: Kayla McGowan

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There are many wonderful techniques that have been shown to help adolescents manage the “mind” aspect in mind-body medicine and stress management. Drawing from evidence-based techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy, and positive psychology, our favorite skills include:

1. Reframing

While we cannot always change a situation,  we can always change how we view it. Ask yourself, “Why is this bad?” But then, reframe it by asking, “Why is this good?” Finding one positive aspect of a task, setback, or loss can help you move on.

2. Silver lining

Even when you are going through a tough time, try to consider the positive side. Research shows that patients who consider the silver lining in, that is, those who remain optimistic despite illness, may experience more personal growth.

3. 3Ws (What Went well)

Whether you’ve had an extraordinary, mediocre, or truly bad day, can you identify one thing that went well? Acknowledging one positive element of your day, from enjoying a tasty breakfast to getting a new job, may lower depression and boost well-being.

4. Perspective Taking

Consider a situation through another lens. By taking on another point of view, you will gain greater awareness and understanding.

It’s important that parents practice positivity, too! What exactly does this mean?  It’s simple. Schedule your days with moments that allow of calm, joy, rest, creativity. It’s called “prioritizing positivity.”  Research shows that people who intentionally plan in meaningful activities also enjoy overall better well-being. Makes sense, right? But our to-do lists are full of the things we have to do, not the things we necessarily want to do.

Purposefully creating time and space for the things that you enjoy can work wonders for you and your family.  What’s more, you’ll be showing your kids it’s a great way to go through life.

According to a landmark study at the University of North Carolina, when you experience positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, you will see more possibilities than obstacles lying ahead of you. You will also attract more positive people into your life.

This article was republished with permission from Bodimojo from the original source here.

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