Being an adolescent is stressful. COVID-19’s disruptions have added significantly to that stress. Anxiety is a common response to the challenges of adolescence and to all the additional stresses brought by the pandemic. Have you ever wondered: “What’s going on in there?” when you are overwhelmed, anxious and stressed-out? Are you curious about how and why stress often leads to troubling patterns of thinking and behavior? Would you be interested in some new, practical and effective ideas for conquering your anxiety and feeling stronger? Responding to stress and anxiety in positive ways builds your personal resilience. Personal resilience is the strength and skills to manage your stresses and improve your overall well-being despite anxiety, uncertainty and challenges. This presentation will explore new research on the adolescent brain works and it has dramatically improved our understanding of stress and how it impacts how you feel, think and behave. By knowing how your brain really works, you can “outsmart” your anxiety and dramatically improve your well-being by practicing a few powerful strategies everyday. This "inside knowledge" will help you feel better, think smarter, and support you achieving your goals and dreams - even under stress.
Target Audience: Adolescents 12-21 years-of-age. Note there is a parallel workshop for Parents and Foster Parents that teaches the same concepts and skills but from the lens of supporting an adolescent in using the strategies recommended.