We enter this world with empty tiny hands, learn to grab a friendly finger, a proffered slice of apple, a toy or a mother’s warm hand. Soon we discover the pages of a book, the weight of a pebble or a pen in hand; and we find our hands are always open, ready to seize […]
A parent needs to be ‘good enough’at offering the love, care and attention to meet the needs of their child. Understanding their stage of development is important. Having fun, giving opportunities and embracing other family members and friends, to help raise a child, creates great pleasure and feels less like hard work.
I love this blog, except for the reference to the Almighty which is personal choice.
~ ~ ~ There is no such a thing as perfect parenthood Who is the paragon of father or mother Claim to have a one size fits all formula Children are unique and special Have different talents but same potential Minds like sponges, soak in as much as available A secure environment and loving care […]
It’s definitely in your best interest to make sure that the entire family can sleep well. But it that really easier said than done?
Want to feel ready to give it your best shot in the next 2-6 weeks?
Want to harness the feelings of the very normal ‘fight and flight response’ and focus these into the most successful behaviours for you?
A session with a coach or therapist who can help you recognise these feelings for what they are and redirect them to work for you, not sabotage your well being.
If you are struggling at the moment with these feelings, you’re not alone.
Many teens around the country are struggling with anxiety about their revision, their performance and their future. This is a modern day tragedy.
Despite the growing awareness and public services trying to keep pace with the need to address this, many of our young people are simply not able to access the help they need in a timely fashion.
A session which explores your concerns and gives you techniques to feel calmer and more able to focus could make a big difference. This could involve being more in the moment, or mindful of the ‘here and now’, and using visualisation strategies. Practicing beforehand and using these skills leading up to, and during, the exam could make all the difference to how you feel and perform.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns.
Its that time of year again!!
Teenagers all over the country are beginning to feel the pressure…
impending sense of panic?
As parents of a possibly uncommunicative, yet stressed teenager, where the young person may have great difficulty expressing their concerns, can be a challenging time for the whole family.
Knowing where to go to seek support can be tricky!
If the teenager is demonstrating anxiety and depression symptoms, where they appear to be not coping with erratic emotions, have significant changes in eating and sleeping habits or are expressing feelings of low mood, particularly suicidal thoughts, then a Gp consultation is necessary.
For many teenagers it can be much more subtle than this and who may improve the situation can be less obvious.
The schools and colleges are getting better at offering sessions on tips and strategies which enhance the students planning for revision, so they feel better prepared and more able to cope with the pressures.
Encourage the teenager to access support at school with lunch time and after school sessions and talk to their teacher about difficulties they are having.
With the multiple demands on teenagers this preparation is getting harder to focus on.
It relies on the teenager not being too hormonal, influenced by their peers (which has long been the case), but magnified by the massive influence from social media.
This constant distraction of messages, apps and the internet is pervasive and often difficult to manage alongside their rapidly developing brains. As many study skills need to be accessed on line it is increasingly difficult to avoid the pull of the internet.
Personal discipline is crucial and the challenges many:-
- addiction to social networking and the phone constantly in the hand
- a fear of failure making even starting to think about study difficult
- performance anxiety making focusing a challenge
- a lack of engagement with their studies
- no clear sense of direction
Accessing resources to improve the teenagers ability to remain calm, focus and commit to performing in the way that does them justice is hugely beneficial.
A session or 2 with a Hypnotherapist who can offer NLP techniques to promote these skills, either with or without hypnosis, can help the teenager to set the intention and take the steps towards achieving their goals.
Contact me if you want to explore this conversation further.
Sometimes recognising what is happening for the student is the first step.
As promised, here is a post on helping your child learn deep breathing techniques or belly breathing. Deep breathing is a quick trick to help alleviate anxiety and calm worries. When teaching a child this technique, there are 2 different ways I approach it, depending on the child’s age, developmental level, and comfort. Most children are […]
One of the most common tools I teach teens and adult clients is belly breathing. It is one of the most successful tools when treating anxiety and fear. This trick can calm you down quickly and can be used ANYWHERE, which is what I love about it. Belly breathing is also known as deep breathing. […]
So relevant at this stage of the school year -via How to help your child deal with anxiety | Patient
Children model how their parents are handling stress and anxiety. Do you need support to manage your own anxiety?
Work on lessening your need to seek control over others via Why Losing Control Can Make You Happier – Mindful
This explains a lot of the power balance when trying to manage teenagers!
As a parent I continue to work on stepping back a little…
Set boundaries, but keep communication open and encourage negociation and discussion. LOL!
It’s pouring rain and we are wandering around the Uni buildings –
reception, sign in & general info, drink to acclimatise and funding!!
the student union, lecture theatre, accommodation & library.
3 hours later & all done?
Inspiration and a direction/focus identified?!?