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Mental Health Awareness Month Series (part 1)

Introduction: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In 1949, Mental Health America proposed an annual national observation to spread awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing. The conversations around mental health are becoming more urgent as trends demonstrate that growing numbers of American adolescents and adults struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. This article […]

Self-Care: Why Teens Need It and Four Ways Adults Can Help

Introduction: Let’s bust the myth about self-care being indulgent. Caring for oneself is a critical part of individual wellbeing. And – self-care isn’t just for adults, it’s essential for young people as well. This article shares statistics about the benefits of prioritizing self-care as an adolescent, and provides suggestions on how adults can support teens […]

3 Reasons Why You Need to Spend More Time Outdoors with Your Teen

Introduction:Looking for ways to spend more time with the young adults in your life? Go outside! Take advantage of the spring weather and get some sunshine while connecting with your teen. Want to learn more about ways to connect with young people and maintain your wellbeing? Check out our accredited life coach training programs for […]

What Is Self-Regulation? Why Teens Need It & How to Develop It

Introduction: This article introduces the concept of self-regulation, and provides breathing and grounding exercises for any teen or adult to try when experiencing distress. What Is Self-Regulation? Self-regulation refers to an individual’s ability to control their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in favor of positive long-term outcomes. It is a practice that gives a person the […]

How to Help Stressed Teens: Causes, Signs & Solutions

Introduction: April is Stress Awareness Month. This article dives into why teens experience stress, how that stress manifests, and what adults can do to help. Teens and Stress – What We Need to Know: Adolescence is inherently stressful. Young people are experiencing the most development they will ever experience in life, including puberty and hormonal […]

Why Teens Procrastinate and Six Ways Adults Can Help

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Introduction: Is your teen’s procrastination driving you insane? This article helps to explain procrastination, how it shows up in adolescents, and what adults can do to help teens stay on track. What Is Procrastination? Procrastination is driven by a variety of thoughts and habits, but in essence – we avoid tasks because we do not […]

How a Professional Youth Life Coach Can Support Adolescents (and You, the Adult!)

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Introduction: This article explores the meaning and impact of Professional Youth Life Coaching. Learn what makes Youth Coaching Institute’s trained coaches unique, and the ways in which a coach can facilitate growth and empowerment for teens, caring adults, and families. What Is a Professional Youth Life Coach? Life Coaching is a non-directive, person-centered, growth-oriented support […]

Unlocking Communication: How Active Listening Can Transform Relationships with Teens (Do’s & Don’ts)

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Introduction: Actively listening to your teen can help foster an open, safe, and trusting environment where your teen feels seen, heard, and understood. It strengthens relationships and enhances communication, especially around vulnerable topics. What is Active Listening? Active listening is the practice of preparing to listen, observing what verbal and non-verbal messages are being sent, […]

Why Teens Need Goals & How Adults Can Help (using the SMART framework)

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Written by Cameron O’Brien, ACC What Is Goal-Setting? Goal-setting is the process of taking deliberate action steps in order to achieve a desired outcome. When we set goals, we are intentional about focusing and executing on the things that matter to us most. Goal setting allows us to create a vision of what we’d like […]

Evidence Based Coaching for Resilience in Teens and Emerging Adults

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The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the core of our work — evidence-based coaching for teens and emerging adults, and why it matters. I’ll begin by offering some highlights of who we are and the work we’ve had the pleasure of doing since 2013: Youth Coaching Institute, LLC We’re a community of social […]