Building Resilience in Children….

Family is undoubtedly the most important system affecting child resilience.

By providing a supportive environment with open communication and effective parenting practices, children are given a huge head start in terms of building resilience.

Along with a respectful parenting styles, the following list contains a number of more concrete and specific ways in which parents and caregivers can promote resilience in children (Brooks and Goldstein (2003):

  • Build Empathy: Help your child develop empathy by teaching him/her how to really consider and visualize the struggles faced by others.
  • Identify a Go-To Person: Make sure your child has a close and supportive adult he/she feels comfortable confiding in.
  • Listen: Ensure that your child feels like you aren’t simply hearing, but are truly tuned-in to what he/she has to say.
  • Accept Children for Who They Are: Avoid pushing your child in a direction he/she doesn’t want to go; but instead, celebrate the person he/she is.

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3 Yoga Poses To Help Lift Teens Depression….

Picture the posture of a teen suffering with depression. Often they are slumped, chest closed, head hanging forward. It’s the posture of someone attempting to protect their heart from pain, yet the posture keeps the heart steeping in that pain it’s trying to avoid.

Now, picture the posture of a confident, thriving teen, full of vigor and life. The chest is open and lifted. There is strength in the core and spring in the step.

Here are three postures meant to indicate the journey from a depressed posture to an uplifted one.

1. CHILD”S POSE (Balasana): An oft-quoted phrase in the yoga world is: “Start where you are.” This could not be any more true than in the case of depression. Thrusting open a timid heart too quickly can be disconcerting and do more harm than good. Child’s Pose is a gentle place to start by honoring “what is” and allowing teens to utilize the tendency to close off as an actual starting point toward healing.

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