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Παρασκευή, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Are you tired of being tired? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans report feeling tired during the day. In most cases, this issue can be attributed to lifestyle factors. Here are ten bad habits that drain your energy.

1. Dehydration

Without enough water, you blood becomes thicker and requires more effort from your heart to circulate. Blood is also less able to transport nutrients and oxygen, making you feel tired easily.

2. Going to Bed Too Late

Researchers have found that the most critical stages of sleep occur between 10pm and 1am. If you feel like hitting the snooze every morning, consider adjusting your bedtime.

3. Not Exercising

When you feel like skipping the gym because of low energy, you might want to try going anyway. Studies show that even light exercise had the unexpected effect of actually boosting energy levels.

4. Low Iron Levels

If you’re eschewing certain foods like eggs, liver and red meat, your low energy may be caused by low iron. Without adequate iron, you can’t produce enough blood cells to efficiently transport oxygen to the heart, lungs and brain.

5. High Standards

Having lofty expectations of yourself and others is tiring. It’s easy to overexert yourself in an effort to complete everything you think you should be doing. It’s important not to overburden yourself and to keep your goals reasonable.

6. Skipping Breakfast

Many people skip breakfast in an attempt to control their weight. However, doing so may undermine your entire day. After fasting all night, your body needs calories and nutrients to produce energy.

7. Standard American Diet

Processed foods are convenient if you live a busy life, but they’re actually working against you. Their highly refined and chemical-laden nature steals more nutrients from your body than it provides, which can make you feel sluggish.

8. Being a People-Pleaser

Wanting to make others happy is an admirable quality, but it can be taken too far. Trying to please everyone is mentally and physically exhausting, and meanwhile, you’re not taking any time to take care of you.

9. Clutter

As the saying goes, “A cluttered workspace makes a cluttered mind.” It takes more mental effort to find what you need amongst a sea of others, so you wear out faster.

10. Not Enough Downtime

Working hard without taking time to relax leads exhaustion and eventual burnout. Be sure to take time away from projects to focus on what you want to do.

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The proper hormonal balance is one of the most important factors in good health. People who are suffering from hormonal imbalances can suffer from a wide range of medical conditions that will make life miserable. If you are suffering from something that you just can’t seem to shake off, you may need to get your hormone levels checked. Here is a look at seven signs that your hormones are out of whack.

1. Constant Fatigue
When your hormone levels are off, one of the most prominent symptoms is a constant state of fatigue. This fatigue can stay with you no matter how much sleep you get. If you are always yawning and never seem to have enough energy, then you should get your hormone levels checked to see if they are okay.

2. Night Sweats

This is one of the most troubling symptoms of hormonal imbalances. When you wake up in the middle of the night in a puddle of sweat, it is a very disconcerting sensation. Getting your hormone levels balanced will quickly eliminate night sweats.

3. Skin Changes

If you are suddenly experiencing acne again for the first time since you were a teenager, then you are likely suffering from a hormonal imbalance. The skin can easily be affected by hormone changes. Seeing acne when you are getting on in years is one of the easiest ways to tell that you are having trouble with your hormones.

4. Hair Changes

One of the parts of your body that is most affected by your hormones is your hair. This includes both your body hair as well as the hair on your head. When you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance, you will often start to get hair growing in places where you don’t want it. If you are suddenly developing a moustache or other unwanted body hair, you need to get your hormone levels checked.

On the other hand, a hormonal imbalance can also cause the hair on the top of your head to start thinning. This thinning hair is another good sign that your hormones are out of whack.

5. Weird Periods

Your period will be stable and predictable when your hormones are in balance. When you start to miss periods or have them arrive at unpredictable times, then you are most likely suffering from a hormonal imbalance.

6. Emotional Problems

Every woman knows that hormone levels have a direct link to emotions. A look at the mood swings that come along with things like pregnancy and menstruation are proof of this. Likewise, a hormonal imbalance can throw your emotions out of whack. Unexplained emotional turmoil is a good sign that your hormones need some balancing.

7. Metabolism Problems

If you cannot seem to lose weight no matter how much you diet or exercise, it could be due to a hormonal imbalance. Likewise, if you have sudden weight gains or losses that are inexplicable, you should get your hormone levels checked to make sure they are not the cause.

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Ibogaine, an isolated active alkaloid, comes from the root bark of a shrub from central West Africa called Iboga. It has been used for thousands of years in ceremonies for spiritual development and in many tribes and cultures as a right of passage into adulthood. Iboga may be the most powerful psychedelic known to man.

In recent years it has been found to have amazing success with treating various addictions, specifically addiction to opiates.

Its ability to mitigate intense opiate withdrawals was discovered in the late 1960s. Since this discovery, studies undertaken by many research and academic facilities have proved that one of the 14 isolate alkaloids of Iboga — Ibogaine — is an extremely effective treatment for addiction to most substances, even the most addictive, like heroin, methadone, cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, and even nicotine.

Since opiate recoverers are often prescribed methadone for the rest of their lives to keep the intense craving for other, stronger drugs at bay, Ibogaine offers people hope for a completely drug-free future.

How Exactly Does Ibogaine Work?

For many people, all it takes is one heroin experience to develop an addiction, and herein lies the beauty of Ibogaine treatment. It essentially resets the opiate receptors in the brain back to zero, which in turn eliminates the desire to use opiates long after you’ve made the decision to quit. This is what makes this treatment far superior to any others available today.

What we have yet to discover is how, exactly, this happens. What we do know is that patients going through Ibogaine treatment must refrain from using opiates, and if they find they cannot, they must take extreme precaution, as their tolerance will have diminished significantly.

Ibogaine works similarly to other treatments that block or take up residence in the receptor sites, but it does not need to be taken on a regular basis like other treatments that use methadone or suboxone, which create a chemical dependency. Ibogaine is non-addictive. It cleanses the body of the drugs, and it seems as though the memory of the drug is cleansed from the user’s mind and body as well.

Ibogaine also works to regulate and rebalance brain chemistry by levelling out dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, etc. to the same state they were in before the patient became addicted in the first place. Having these chemicals rebalanced drastically reduces the chance of the user relapsing,

After Ibogaine is administered, it is converted by the liver into nor-ibogaine, which stores in the body’s fat cells. This is what actually heals addiction, as it takes away the cravings and the thoughts of using. The effects of this treatment can take from 72 to 96 hours post treatment to be fully experienced. Aside from these amazing qualities, Ibogaine is also a documented anti-depressive that can establish a state of well-being and diminish negative thought patterns.

What You Should Know

The use of Ibogaine for substance abuse disorders is relatively new, and should only be done under the care of trained professionals at an appropriate treatment center. Luckily, the use of this substance for treatment is legal in Canada, but it is illegal in the United States and Australia and is not available anywhere in the form of a prescription — at least, not yet, as more testing and research still need to be done.

What Does an Ibogaine Treatment Look Like?

The following information is from the Global Ibogaine Alliance:

The onset of ibogaine’s effects is generally noticeable within 1-3 hours after administration. This includes both a marked decrease in physiological withdrawal symptoms as well as the subjective effects, which are divided by Dr. Kenneth Alper into three distinct phases (Alper 2001). The duration of the effects mentioned below will vary based on dosage, the timeframe over which the doses are administered, and also factors that affect individual metabolism, including CYP450-2D6 phenotype.

1. Acute

This phase generally lasts between 4 to 8 hours, and include the most intense and visual part of the experience that was described above as oneirogenic. During this phase the physiological effects, especially the mentioned ataxia, will be most pronounced.

2. Evaluative

The “evaluative” phase of the experience can last between 8 to 20 hours, and consists largely of a cognitive and more or less emotionally neutral review of material that was experienced in the acute phase. Patients generally prefer to be left undisturbed, and to lie mostly still and quietly during this integration phase.

3. Residual Stimulation

The final stage of effects generally last for another 24 to 72 hours. This period is usually accompanied by some level of exhaustion, and in some cases continued difficulty sleeping. Cognitive and introspective processes begin to relax and attention returns to the outer environment.

Not only does Obogaine clear the addiction on a physical level, but this substance works through spiritual and emotional processes as well. Users report feelings of bliss and euphoria, and the ability to see the future and the potential outcome of continued drug use. They are shown whatever it is they need to see in order to let go of their substance(s) of choice in order to truly heal both physically and emotionally.


This is an intense process and, as mentioned above, should only be undertaken under trained supervision with medical assistance ready and nearby.

Have you used Ibogaine for treatment or know someone who has? Share with us in the comments section below! We would love to hear your story.

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Πέμπτη, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

What is Anxiety?

Do you feel nervous right before your exam or when you have to make an important decision? Certainly Yes!. This temporary emotion is completely normal. But when everything becomes a reason to worry and stress then it is a mental illness. Anxiety is a mental disorder which is a permanent feeling of stress. Your mind is always occupied by anxious thoughts and does not let you sleep or eat. Anxiety is a serious problem when it obstructs your normal life.

However, it is possible to live a normal life through treatments available.

Here are Some common habits that can make your anxiety worse.

1. Caffeine

Anxiety and caffeine are linked to each other. People usually have coffee to stay awake as they feel that the person’s fatigue level is reduced. But Caffeine is a false friend because it triggers anxiety. Caffeine causes many mental disorders, including anxiety disorder. Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, and most energy drinks. If you are having more than two or three caffeine drinks a day, then you should definitely reduce its consumption. In initial stage reduce its consumption and eventually withdraw this addiction.

“Caffeine raises your heart rate and causes us to have that nervous feeling and to feel agitation,” says Martinez.

Link between anxiety and Caffeine

1. It increases stress hormones, Heart rate and blood pressure.

2. Caffeine causes insomnia. (Also a common side effect of anxiety)

3. Caffeine takes away the essential nutrients for the brain. (Important for your brain health and mood)

4. An anxious person’s blood flow to the brain is already reduced and caffeine reduces it even further.

2. Complaining will only make anxiety worse.

Why not stop complaining?

Rather than looking at the negative side consider the brighter side

Why not try to solve the problem instead of complaining?

How to stop complaining

1. Consider looking at the brighter side. Problems can give you an opportunity to learn and grow.

2. Don’t focus on the wrong instead, focus on the solution.

3. Give yourself time to think and enjoy the little things to keep you away from worries.

4. Distance yourself from negative people.

3. Alcohol

The worst you can do to yourself is allowing alcohol to rule your body, assuming that they can cope up with the stress. But that’s not true! It is you who have the ability to cope up with anxiety and when you think alcohol can make you feel better, then you are ruining yourself. Even if you are a casual user and has an anxiety disorder, it is worth cutting off alcohol consumption. If you belong to the regular consumer category, then this is surely the right time to stop Alcohol. Give your body enough time to let go of this addiction and experience the positive change in you.

Once your body becomes used to them, you can start to feel anxiety symptoms while you are still taking them, and these can become worse as you try to withdraw from it. You should take help of the trained professionals.

Any drugs, smoking, and alcohol are equally bad for your health. So, if you are working on anxiety you should remove these bad habits from your routine.

How alcohol causes anxiety

1. Alcohol can affect the level of serotonin (feel good brain chemical). The reduction in this chemical can cause anxiety and depression.

2. It drops in blood sugar, which causes anxiety symptoms like confusion, weakness etc.

3. It affects the Nervous system and heart rate, which can put in a state of anxiety.

4. It causes dehydration, which triggers anxiety.

4. Lack of exercise

Everyone knows the importance of exercise, but how many people really follow this religiously? Lack of exercise can cause anxiety. Some forms of anxiety leave the person feeling too exhausted and so they do not exercise. However, the less you use your body the less you feel like using it. After all, our body was designed to be used.

Exercise helps you in many ways. It helps burn off muscle tension and helps healthy breathing. It produces beneficial chemicals in your brain. No matter how less you use to exercise earlier, but if you want to stay fit both mentally and physically you should regularly exercise.

This disorder may make you feel exhausted very easily, but you don’t have to stop. Exercising is one of the most crucial parts of controlling anxiety and ignoring exercise is a big mistake.
How does exercise help in anxiety

1. It releases the feel-good brain chemicals.

2. It reduces the immune system chemicals that trigger depression.

3. Calms and relaxes the body.

4. You are coping up in a healthy way.

5. Unhealthy food or skipping meals

Skipping meals or eating unhealthy food does not directly affects anxiety, but it causes the symptoms which ultimately lead to this disorder. For example- Not eating enough or skipping meals makes you feel fatigued and lead to anxiety.

Although not feeling like eating is one of its symptoms still you should not keep your stomach empty and eat at regular intervals. It makes you feel nourished and stronger.

Do not skip on the essential nutrients. Certain foods also contain essential nutrients that help to combat anxiety and depression, such as selenium, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and serotonin.

Food to Eat:

Beef and Foods Rich in Vitamin B, Whole Wheat Bread, Asparagus, Avocado, Complex Carbs, Blueberries, Milk, Almonds, Oranges, Salmon, Spinach, Oatmeal, Greek Yogurt and Other High-Protein Foods

Food to Avoid:

Coffee and Caffeinated Drinks, Candy, Alcohol, Hot dogs’ Junk food.

Skipping the meal is not a good habit. Especially the morning meal. Here’s why you should never skip breakfast.

6. Spending a lot of time on social media

One study from the Pew Research Center found that the use of social media, particularly Facebook, increases anxiety and stress in people. Other research from the Australian Psychological Society found that 50 percent of teens experience elevated levels of anxiety from FOMO or fear of missing out.

Spending too much time on social media affects the mental health of kids and teens. Especially, those who choose social media over their sleep. This not only affects sleep but also lowers the self-esteem of the users. They are detached from the real world. Some research also says that when people look at the online happy world they get depressed (if you are not happy) which is one of the symptoms.


1. Time spend on social media is correlated with depression
2. Social media is addictive
3. It can make you unhappy and unsatisfied.

7. Been awake till late

When you stay awake late at light, you feel sluggish all day long. Less sleep put pressure on a system of the body. Lack of sleep triggers the areas in the brain responsible for emotional processing.

Although, Those suffering from anxiety disorder sufferers from insomnia too. It is because stress doesn’t let you sleep, but you do something which will let bring sleep. Eg: writing a diary.

But if you are avoiding sleep on purpose, then you are clearly making a mistake. It affects your mental and physical health.

Tips to manage sleep

1. Eat more during the day and less at night. When you eat less at night give lesser digestive work to stomach and lets you sleep better.

2. Keep yourself away from caffeine at least 4 hours prior to bedtime.

3. Set a regular time and stick to it. When you sleep every day at odd times your body gets confused about when to stay awake. So keep your bedtime fix.

4. Ensure all the lights, TV, phones anything which has a glowing light is switched off. This will let you sleep without any disturbance.

5. Do a mental exercise to calm down your mind and sleep relaxed.

6. Stay away from TV and phones prior to sleep. These screens send signals to your brain even during the night that you have to stay awake.

8. Procrastinating

Anyone can easily be a victim to procrastination. It leaves you frustrated , confused and anxious. When you feel something is not going right, start it fresh. Be positive, divide work into smaller parts so that you can easily achieve the target. Reaching a goal releases dopamine in the brain, the chemical responsible for experiencing pleasure and reward, so accomplishing your tasks head on can help quell your anxious mind.

Reasons of Procrastinating

1. When you fear failure

2. People are afraid of the final results.

3. When you are disinterested in something, you still Procrastinate.


1. Don’t think of the end result just start with it.

2. Break down the big work to small steps to cut down its difficulty.

3. Think of the positive end results.

9. Withdrawing yourself from others (Wanting to be alone)

Try to be more social. Spending time with the right type of people will help you recover from stress and will calm down your anxious mind. Although, Wanting to be alone is, its symptoms and the biggest enemy of recovery.

When you are alone your mind is occupied with anxious thoughts. So try to be busy and active throughout the day to kill this enemy. When you are with your friends or doing any fun activity, it automatically releases the happy go chemicals making you happier.

Start exercising more, get closer to those you know is also socialized with people.
If you are shy, they try to find someone who is like you and interact with them. You will feel better.

Do not withdraw from people.

10. Avoiding what scares you

The greatest mistakes people do is not accepting their behavior. You don’t have to blame yourself even when you have any mental illness. But in spite of knowing the fact and still searching for symptoms and making you believe that you do not have an anxious mind is not right. You are simply complicating things and making it worse for recovery.

Face your fear and try do not convince yourself that it’s not anxiety, but a rare and diagnosed diseases.

Obviously, come to any conclusion after proper consultation, but accept the truth.

**Not all the habits triggers for everyone, but you should definitely cut of these habits and see if they improve your health.

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Τετάρτη, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15-44. Depression affects more than 15 million American adults in a given year. It can cause you to feel hopeless, restless and have difficulty concentrating. People suffering from depression often experience difficulty sleeping, weight changes and loss of interest in hobbies and activities. If you have ever suffered from depression or know someone who has, you know how debilitating it can be.

Overcoming depression is never easy, but learning how to train your brain to avoid negative thoughts can help. Use these three steps to train your brain to stop depression:

1. Focus On The Future

Feelings of sadness often come from events that have happened in the past. In order to move forward, you must turn your attention to the future. Allowing the past to have a negative hold on you will impact your present and your future. As hard as it might be, you must tell yourself that reliving events from the past will continue to have a negative effect on your life. Find a way to make peace with the past and move on. You might not forget what happened, but you can tell yourself that you are brave enough to move forward, in order to make a better life for yourself.

2. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

With the popularity of social media, it seems that more and more people are comparing themselves to others. You might see someone else’s life and wish it was your own. You might be jealous of their looks, their possessions, their social status or their success. When you compare yourself to others, you are letting them steal your joy. You are making your own life seem unimportant or insignificant. Stop making comparisons. It’s important to know that you are unique and beautiful. You have your own things to offer to the world. If you need to delete your social media pages, do it. Don’t waste another minute feeling envious of someone else. Instead, work on making your own life more fulfilling.

3. Train Your Brain Not To Repress Thoughts And Feelings

Everyone has negative thoughts and feelings every once in a while. You might think that avoiding them can help you avoid depression, but the opposite is true. Research has shown that suppressing negative thoughts is actually associated with “obsessive thinking and emotional reactivity.” To avoid become depressed, learn to observe your negative thoughts and emotions as they happen. Train your brain to recognize them and tell yourself that a negative thought does not need to define you.


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Σάββατο, 18 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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In a world where clever marketing distracts us from the actual ingredients in our toiletries, it’s hard to know exactly what we’re using to wash our bodies. In reality, 10,500 different chemical ingredients can be found in our vast body care market—some of which are thought to be carcinogenic or harmful to our endocrine system. Research done by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review in 2012 revealed a list of unsafe ingredients commonly used. The study exposed safety concerns ranging from skin depigmentation to reproductive problems. Other research on these chemicals remains inconclusive, but you can avoid any potential risks by opting to cook up your own body care products at home. Here are a few that we tried.


  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup unscented liquid castile soap
  • ¼ teaspoon essential oil of choice

Combine all of the ingredients in a bottle—any old bottle will work. Shake the ingredients well to make sure that the mixture is consistent. Pour some atop your head and lather.


  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 drop essential oil (peppermint, sweet orange, clove, or cinnamon bark is recommended)
  • A few drops of tap water

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. A thick, not-too-watery paste should form after proper mixing. Brush as you normally would.

Follow with water rinse or mouthwash to avoid any residue.


  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 to 10 drops essential oil of choice

First, stir the cornstarch and the baking soda together in a bowl. Then, add the coconut oil until the ingredients are well mixed. Take the essential oil you’ve chosen, and stir that in, too.

After the ingredients have been properly combined, store the resulting deodorant in a sealable container and place it somewhere cool. When ready for use, apply the deodorant with fingertips.


  • 3 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons oil (when I tried this, I used olive oil)
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice

Measure all ingredients into a liquid measuring cup. Do not whisk or blend the ingredients (doing so can cause bubbles). Instead, mix with a spoon.


  • 2 teaspoons pure, filtered, unbleached cosmetic grade beeswax pastilles
  • 1 teaspoon organic raw shea butter
  • 3 teaspoons organic unrefined coconut oil
  • 20 drops essential oil of choice
  • Lip balm container

Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and heat at low-medium, occasionally stirring. When the beeswax and shea butter melt, remove from the stovetop. Pour liquid into lip balm containers (a funnel might be useful).

Let the lip balm cool and set for about 20 minutes. Be careful not to touch the balm too much before it has set.

Alexa Strabuk wrote this article for The Debt Issue, the Fall 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Alexa is an editorial intern.

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Πέμπτη, 16 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Relocation is tough for every member of a family, but especially so for the teenager that’s leaving behind a school, friends, clubs and other commitments, as well as perhaps the only home he or she has ever known. Even if the move is for the good of the family, it can be difficult for a teen to imagine living anywhere else.

It’s normal for your teen to feel upset, and there are ways to make the process easier before and after the move. Let this guide lead the way to a healthy, fresh start for the entire family — without overlooking the genuine heartache of leaving a familiar home.

Before the Move: Helping Your Teen Say Goodbye

1. Give Them Notice

First, give your teen as much notice about the move as possible. It’s important to let him or her adjust to the idea — don’t put it off in an effort to make it quick and painless. The fact is, it’s going to be painful no matter what you do, and it’s important to respect the way your teen feels. Sit him or her down, explain that the best option for your family is to make this journey together, and then listen. Be receptive to any kind of response, whether it’s excitement, shock, sadness or anger. Let your teen know you understand it will be difficult to leave, and that you’ll do everything you can to make it a little easier.

2. Focus on the Positives

When you’re young, it’s easy to dwell on the negatives, so help direct the focus to the positives. Are you moving from a small town to a city where there will be more to see and do? Maybe you’re moving to a bigger house, or to a house with a real backyard. Maybe it can even be a fresh start for your teen. If he or she has had any academic woes — be it grades, friends or behavioral issues — a brand new school with new teachers and classmates could be a great way to move forward. Don’t minimize the loss, but help the silver linings shine through.

3. Get Them Involved in Househunting

Get your teen involved in the moving process as much as possible. Let him or her help you house hunt and check out potential neighborhoods. If you’re moving cross-country, have him or her help you look at homes for sale online and ask for feedback. Scope out neighborhoods via satellite cams; see what it would be like to make the walk from your new house to school! You may even consider asking your real estate agent to take and send some recent photos of local schools, malls, skate parks, and movie theaters to share with your teen: sometimes, it really helps to create a familiarity.

Keep in mind that your teen may develop early attachments to potential new homes, so remind him or her of the need to shop around. If they become upset over what you ultimately decide is best, let them vent. Explain that you understand how frustrating it must be to have so much changing so quickly, not to mention limited control over most of it. Focus on what he or she can control. For example, he or she will have a brand new bedroom to decorate any way they like.

4. Keep the Mood Light

As you gradually pack up your belongings, keep the mood as light and positive as possible. Don’t start packing up his or her stuff without permission, but offer to help so you can make the process less overwhelming. Keep in mind you’ll need certain transcripts and medical records for the new school, so try to keep them handy but safe so you won’t scramble later.

5. Throw a Going Away Party

Help your teens say goodbye to friends and neighbors any way you can. A great idea is to throw a farewell party — maybe even a packing party if you could use the extra help! If you’re moving especially far, it may comfort him or her to devote a weekend afternoon to driving through your favorite parts of town. Reminisce about the past, but don’t overlook the excitement in making new memories in a great new place.

After the Move: Helping Your Teen Adapt and Move Forward

1. Stay Upbeat

It’s no secret that the moving process is incredibly stressful, and it’s OK to feel overwhelmed by it at times. But try your best to stay upbeat in general, especially around your teen. He or she will likely be feeling a rollercoaster of emotions: sadness over leaving home, excitement to see the new place, apprehension about a new school, and countless other anxieties. Your goal has to be to keep focusing on the positives, even amid the chaos.

2. Get His or Her Room Set up First

Give a little extra priority to getting your teen’s room organized. It’s important that with all the other changes, he or she can settle in surrounded by familiar objects. When it comes to the rest of the house, make unpacking a family activity and make it fun! If you have family in the area, recruit their help and order some pizza and play some music. Talk about which park you can’t wait to explore or which restaurant you’re eager to try. Ask for your teen’s opinion when you need an extra set of eyes. Find ways to laugh about the cabinet door that unexpectedly broke and the tacky wallpaper you’ll have to tear down. And don’t forget to take photos — you’re already creating new memories, so document them!

3. Find Your Teen a Peer Mentor

Try to network with your real estate agent and neighbors to see if you can find your teen an early peer mentor before starting school. It doesn’t have to be a student in the same grade level and it may actually help to meet someone a little older. Upperclassmen are likely to have advice about classes and teachers, know more people (and probably have a couple friends that are your teen’s age), and be able to look out for someone a grade or two younger. Your teen may feel unsure about the idea at first, so let him or her know that the door to met a potential new friend is open whenever he or she is ready. Offer to give the pair a lift to lunch some day. Give your teen the mentor’s contact information (whatever you’ve been given approval to offer, be it a phone number, Facebook page, or email) and encourage him or her to use it whenever they’re ready.

4. Register Him or Her For School Right Away

Get your teen signed up for school as soon as you can, though depending on the distance you traveled and when you arrive to your new home you may want to allow a long weekend to rest. If you move in the summer or during an extended break, don’t put off getting registration done — there could be assigned readings or other projects to consider, and you don’t want to risk your teen starting off immediately behind his or her new classmates. Find out what you can about the school’s dress code and any other major policies you’ll need to know ahead of time. You may even be able to take a tour of the school and meet some of the teachers. The more prepared your teen can feel about a brand new school, the better.

5. Find Local Activities

Look into local activities to get your teen involved in. Maybe he or she is eager to get back to a favorite sport, or interested in trying something totally new. Check with the new school for programs, as well as local youth, community, and religious centers. While you’re at it, sign yourself up for a group or class. It doesn’t have to be a major time commitment, but it sets the right example to your teen as well as gives you another opportunity to network within your new community.

6. Communicate Openly

Keep the lines of communication open throughout the settling in process. Check in to see how your teen is adjusting — especially if he or she has already started school — and continue to be receptive to however he or she feels. Allow time to vent, but help find the bright spots, especially on bad days. You want your teen to be able to feel comfortable coming to you to talk, but you also want to reassure him or her that things will get better. If he or she is shutting you out, don’t push for answers but don’t stop asking, either. Constantly remind him or her that you’re available to talk whenever they’re ready, and actively give the opportunity every day.

Encourage your teen to keep in touch with friends back home, but support efforts to spend time with new friends, as well. Offer to let classmates come over after school and to give him or her a lift to weekend activities. Social media will likely be playing a major role for your teen, and unfortunately, a new student can sometimes make for an easy target, so keep an eye out for signs of cyberbullying.

7. Watch for Signs of Depression

Also keep an eye out for signs of depression, and never hesitate to seek professional advice. If your teen just can’t seem to acclimate, going to therapy may help sort out his or her feelings on the move. Let your teen know therapy is an option if he or she wants it, but be careful not to put too much pressure on the issue. It’s important he or she knows it’s not that you think something is “wrong” with them, it’s that you want them to have additional support and guidance.

It’s going to take some time for your teen to adjust to his or her new life. The best thing you can do is continue to be an outlet of support and a listening ear. Soon, you’ll be able to move forward together and truly make the most of your new home.

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