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To schedule one of our speakers, please contact 
Miki Johnston, LCSW 
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New Year Resolutions FOR Teens
By Rebecca Prengler, MD , Girls to Women Health and Wellness Physician
 
It's the start of a new year, and for many people, a time of reflection and self-improvement. As we think back upon the previous year and look forward to our hopes for the year to come, it is important to set realistic, healthy goals.

For teens, yearly self-reflection and goal-setting are unique opportunities for thoughtful discussion and personal growth. We live in a busy, changing, and sometimes confusing world that is undoubtedly difficult to navigate. Sometimes we can lose our way. Let this new year provide time for you and your family to re-connect with what is important to you all.  
 
Today, nearly one-half of Americans make New Year's resolutions, but  just 8% follow-through  and achieve their goals. The latest fads of 'top New Year's resolutions' may sound great on paper, but many times are intangible and lead to disappointment if not fulfilled.  
 
So what are resolutions really about? The verb 'to resolve' actually has several interpretations. Depending on the context, it can mean to 'deal with successfully,' to 'clear up,' to 'find an answer to', or to 'reach a clear decision about', to name just a few. It sounds so definitive. Life is, however, just more complicated than that. 

Perhaps it is more constructive to think of self-improvement and introspection each January in terms o f two fundamental themes-  1) Taking care of our health- as in loving, protecting, and accepting oneself and 2) Taking care of our world- as in giving back to the community, repairing our world in some way, feeling connected with others, and positively affecting others' lives.
 
Here are some ideas to discuss with teens for a fulfilling and healthy 2017. Happy New Year.
 
1.       Sleep. We have busy lives. For teens, the recommended amount of sleep is 9-10 hours per night. Make it a point to shut off all screens one hour before bedtime and establish a low-key bedtime routine.

2.      Read . It stimulates the imagination and takes us to another place for a little while.  

3.       Create. Give time to creative outlets and explore interests. They are worth your investment. Draw, paint, play an instrument, see a play, go to a concert, cook. Cultivate that part of your soul because it helps ground you and show you perspective.

4.       Breathe. Make it a point to take a few deep breaths when you feel overwhelmed. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system and helps you feel calm.

 

5.      Write.  Make a list of the things that make you happy, fulfilled, and encouraged. Read it to yourself on the hard days to remember the joy in life. Try to journal each day- anything from writing 5 things you are grateful for to to keeping a diary of your thoughts and feelings.

 

6.      Travel. Be curious about the world. Ask questions. Travel physically, emotionally, spiritually. Read about a different culture, watch a movie about someone's life that different from yours. Physically go to new places if you can. It humbles you.

 

7.      Eat. Respect hunger and fill your body with good fuel. Make it a point to incorporate fruits, veggies, brown grains, and protein.  Three meals and two snacks a day. Avoid the sodas and fried foods.

 

8.      Exercise. Find a form of exercise to enjoy that gets your heartrate up. Start with 1-2 times a week, then work up to 5 times a week, 30 minutes at a time. It is a proven tool to alleviate stress and improve cardiovascular health.

 

9.      Respect. Be kind to yourself and others. If you see something wrong or unfair, say something. Make it a point to stand up for what you know is right. Reach out to those who may be struggling.

 

10.  Repair. There are so many ways to help others. Volunteer somewhere- a hospital, animal shelter, child care facility, nursing home. It helps people feel connected, builds confidence and competence, and establishes a sense of responsibility.  

 

         
Midafternoon Slump?  Have some water!

Do you struggle to stay awake in the afternoon?  Are you fighting yawning and putting your head on your desk?  If so, try a glass of water.  Research shows that up to 75% of Americans drink below the recommended levels.  Even mild dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches and lowered concentration.  
On average, men need roughly 104 ounces per day; women need 72 ounces per day. This need increases with exercise and for those in hot climates. When your body has adequate hydration, your urine should be colorless to pale yellow. 

To get yourself in the habit of hydration, try these tips:
  • Drink water immediately upon waking
  • Spike water with cut up fruit or veggies, like oranges, limes, strawberries or cucumbers
  • Dilute juice with water
  • Have a glass of  water after every caffeinated beverage
  • Try sparkling water
  • Use a water bottle or glass that you like
  • Always bring water in the car with you

 

Adolescent Symposium
February 2, 2017 
Presented by Mental Health America of Dallas


Designed for anyone who works with teenagers and adolescents, the Adolescent Symposium of Texas features a wealth of programming and learning opportunities specific to youth-related mental illness. Conference attendees can qualify for six CEU/contact hours, access the exhibit area and participate in a dedicated ethics session. This year, participants will choose from 31 workshops aimed at providing practical skills that can be implemented immediately. More than 600 people regularly attend the event from across the state.

 
Re
gister for the conference:  
EAT (It's Not About Food)
February 10 - 19, 2017  
Presented by 
Dallas 
Children's
Theater
EAT (It'
s Not About Food) dramatizes and decodes the baffling world of eating disorder s in boys and girls through a series of scenes ranging from realistic to satirical to humorous. Candidly exploring causes and warning signs, playwright Linda Daugherty takes a hard look at how society and the media influence self-identity. In EAT (It's Not About Food), we see individual stories of young people struggling with this epidemic, and all too often tragic problem. Follow the difficult journey of 14-year-old Amy, whose struggle to recover from an eating disorder leads to hospitalization, affecting her family and friends. Join us and experts from the Dallas community in a post-show discussion about ways to help our young people deal with these very real challenges.

Not suitable for children under 12
Beacon of Hope Luncheon
February 23, 2017 
presented by Grant Halliburton Foundation
A Beacon of Hope  is the signature luncheon in the Dallas-Fort Worth area supporting teen and young adult mental health and suicide prevention.

Grant Halliburton Foundation works to promote awareness and understanding of teen and young adult mental health, to prevent suicide, and to strengthen the network of mental health resources for young people. The Foundation provides mental health education, training and support to more than 21,000 students, educators, parents and professionals annually.

6390 LBJ Freeway, Suite 106 * Dallas, TX 75240 * 972-744-9790 *
Screenagers (A Film)
Feb 22
presented by  Parent Education Committee of  Highland Park Independent School District

Screenagers is based on Dr. Ruston's experience as a doctor and a mother of teens. The film addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on-depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

  
Wednesday, February 22 at 
6:00
University Park Public Library
Talk back with Miki Johnston, MSW, LCSW
therapist at Girls to Women Health and Wellness