According to research funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, most Americans spend about 93% of their lives indoors, including 6% inside a vehicle.
Not only does that foster all kinds of unhealthy habits, but it disconnects people – especially young people – from the mental and physical benefits of spending time outside.
Without knowing what the outdoors has to offer, children and teens are more likely to become adu...
Everybody in the world feels at least a little discomfort, physical or mental, every day.
It might seem obvious discomfort is something we should avoid. Many psychologists believe the desire to avoid pain – intense discomfort – and seek pleasure are basic drives shared by all living things. But humans are different: We can find meaning in discomfort.
What is Discomfort Trying to Tell You?
Let’s think about some comm...
Rescuing Can Hurt the “Hero” and the Person Being Saved
When we see someone we care about in trouble or in pain, it is natural to want to help. Each of us has this “helping instinct,” which only grows bigger when you become a mother or father. For all that we may wish to help a sibling, cousin, or friend, the desire to do so is all the more intense for a child. However, it is important to help in healthy, respec...
Wilderness therapy is often the last option loved ones think of when an adolescent or teen is in trouble – but it is one of the most effective. Done correctly, wilderness therapy has unmatched potential to help youths move their lives forward in a healthy, balanced way.
Let’s consider some reasons why:
Wilderness Therapy Means Unbroken Personal Care
Positive attention, relatable role models, and strong relationships &ndas...
You don't have to struggle with your teen any longer.
Many parents are struggling with adolescents and young adults who suffer from mental health, substance abuse, and other issues associated with this age group. Although the usual courses of therapy and medications have been tried, for some, these therapies are just not working. In these cases, alternative therapies are being sought out.
One type of alternative therapy parents are as...
Nature and Its Mental Health Benefits
When it comes to effective mental-health treatment, the natural world probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, when seeking psychiatric care for mild-to-severe mental illness, nature is probably around the 1000th thing that comes to mind (somewhere between joining the Church of Scientology and volunterring with the peace corps.). And why wouldn't it be? After all, we live in a pi...
As I walked up to one of my groups, this week, I saw this tree. I instantly had a metaphor pop into my mind. I took one of my students down to look at it....he saw the same metaphor. Since then, I have showed it to several people. They all came up with metaphors of their own but none with the same that my student and I came up with.
What I saw was a tiny seed that fell into a small crack at the top a large boulder. The...
Help In A Crisis
There's a psychological element involved with at-risk youth that requires them to seek outward assistance beyond the ability of parents or guardians. Consider your own childhood and adolescence. Weren't there areas where it would have been fine to get help from mom and dad, but you were mortally afraid of asking for help? Weren't there areas of adolescent pride that prompted you to hide things from your paren...
Why They Bully
Someone who acknowledges their self-worth and genuine value as a unique individual often seeks to find that same worth and value in others. Similarly, a person who dislikes themselves and does not believe in their own worth seeks to destroy the self-esteem and self perception of others. This reasoning can explain why some adolescents are more prone to bullying their peers – they themselves are insecure. If you know...