Science shows that negative thoughts tend to “stick” to our brains and it takes a conscious effort to challenge our brain’s “negativity bias”. This is especially true for teens who may get STUCK on the one negative thing that happened in their day. In our Pre-Teen and Teen Empowerment groups, we discuss different ways to get UNSTUCK and train our brains to think more positively and with more self- compassion.
The following are just a few ways to challenge this:
>>>>>Journal-write 3-5 things you are grateful for daily. Provide as many details as possible to allow you to visualize what you’re are grateful for. If your teen likes to draw instead, they can draw a picture of what they are grateful for.
>>>>>Read 1-2 positive affirmations that express self-compassion at times of negative thinking. Recite the positive affirmations as a mantra, such as “I love and accept all parts of me” or “I am confident and strong”.
>>>>>Acts of kindness-do at least one act of kindness for someone else. Doing for others makes us feel better about ourselves.
Learning new skills take practice. Doing these activities daily allows your teen to train their brain to focus on the positive.
Group is enrolling now and will be held on Sundays, beginning June 3rd and will run for 8 weeks. Only 6 spaces remain.
***Please visit https://thecarecounselingcenter.com/pre-teen-empowerment-t…/ and send us a message to apply for a space in this group for your pre-teen***