LearningRx provides steps to a healthy psyche for National Teen Self-Esteem Month
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – May has been designated as National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and The Woodlands LearningRx offers tips to help teens build and maintain their sense of self-worth with a few steps that can be implemented immediately.
“Nurturing self-esteem is a continual process for adults as well as teens,” Kim Bellini, owner and director of The Woodlands LearningRx, said. “Fortunately, there are many ways in which experts, peers, parents and the teens themselves can provide self-affirming guidance and acknowledgement through social contact and caring actions.”
Baby steps – Bellini suggests that students who are feeling overwhelmed begin by tackling that to-do list one project at a time, either starting with the most time-sensitive projects or taking control of those tasks that can be quickly finished. Once completed, checking off the first item on the list can provide a feeling of accomplishment that carries through to the completion of the next project. Even simply organizing their bedrooms or study areas can help teens feel more in control of their lives, raising self-esteem as well as making tasks easier to accomplish when the required materials are readily accessible.
“Procrastination has a huge effect on our psyches,” she added. “As the projects and assignments begin to pile up, anxiety builds and we begin to feel that no matter what we do we’ll never get caught up.”
Set goals – Teens who set goals – whether short- or long-term – can gain personal satisfaction by considering each success, large and small, as a step toward where they envision themselves in the future.
“Write your goals out,” Bellini said. “Not only will it serve as a reminder that our lives are what we make of them, it also provides a piece of go-to motivation for those times when we feel like just giving up.”
Volunteer – While nobody is good at everything, everybody is good at something. Find that something in which you excel and share it with others in the form of volunteering. Many local organizations constantly look for teens to spend time helping others either through mentoring or manual labor. Are you a math whiz? Offer to help a struggling classmate understand the logic and value of math concepts. There’s no better feeling of accomplishment than knowing that as a result of your actions, someone else’s life has improved.
Be prepared – While today’s teens have more resources for learning available than ever, the constant barrage of information is often quite overwhelming to students who have difficulty keeping up with peers, school work and social obligations.
“The Woodlands LearningRx has brain-training programs that can help keep teens on the path to success,” said Bellini. “Our StudyRx program can provide the learning strategies, test-taking tips and study skills that many students use in both educational and personal settings.”
LearningRx specializes in identifying and correcting the underlying cognitive skill deficiencies that keep people from achieving their full potential whether in school, business or life. The program was pioneered by Dr. Ken Gibson. Using a comprehensive skills assessment test and intensive one-on-one training, certified trainers help individuals quickly and effectively improve weak cognitive skills such as attention, memory, processing speed, and problem solving.