If your teen is having the urge to improve him/herself in 2018, give them this list & let them choose one to focus on:
1. Learn something new- play a musical instrument or sport, try out for the school play, cook, knit, skateboard, play chess…the goal is to try one new thing
2. Become a better friend or family member- good relationship can make everything in life sweeter
3. Find a cause- donate stuff, perform random acts of kindness, visit the sick in hospitals, send care packages to others in need
4. Manage stress- try exercising, getting more sleep, journaling, dancing, painting, reading, learning relaxation exercises
5. Eat slower- our culture likes to do everything fast, and that applies to eating, too! Eating more healthfully and eating at home promote a sense of well-being
Tips for Success
· Be specific- have teens write down their goal and then define specific way to reach it.
· Keep it simple- remind teens that keeping resolutions will make them feel better about themselves. Commitments made should be manageable so as not to cause stress.
· Plan ahead- there will be times when enthusiasm gives way, so have a plan for how you’re going to pull yourself out of that lull.
· Make it official- have teens share their resolution by either telling others, posting it on the refrigerator or the mirror in their room, writing a contract with themselves or keeping a journal. When their goal is made “official,” they’ll feel greater accountability to fulfill it.
A Mindful Approach...A better feeling is just a thought away!
Betsie Saltzberg, MEd PsyD
Psychologist & Mindfulness Practitioner