Seasonal Depression + Teens on Mission | Ep. 140

Seasonal Depression + Teens on Mission | Ep. 140

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Teens with a purpose, seasonal depression and the best of 2023.

The fall and winter seasons bring more than just chilly weather and cozy holidays. For some, these months usher in a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), triggered by reduced daylight. Recognizing the signs is crucial: shifts in mood, energy levels, eating habits, and concentration are all indicative of SAD. But there are ways to combat it.

Maximizing exposure to daylight through walks or special bulbs helps, as does talking about your feelings with friends, family, or a therapist. If you are experiencing symptoms of seasonal depression, you are not alone! Listen for more ways to manage symptoms and get help when you need it.

Amidst these seasonal shifts, finding purpose can be a beacon of light. Encouraging teens to define their missions, whether tackling societal issues or personal growth, becomes vital for mental health. Aligning time and energy with these missions, even if intimidating, fosters resilience. It’s about the journey, not just the destination.

Parents, educators, and mentors can guide this journey by asking teens about their aspirations and supporting them in crafting their missions. After all, it’s never too early to have a mission!

Teens on mission are teens with a purpose

As we dive into the new year, there’s a buzz about resolutions, goals, and plans. But amidst all this, there’s something even more vital to grasp: our ‘why’. And for teens, this ‘why’ often revolves around finding a purpose, a mission that fuels their days with passion and meaning.

So, how do we guide teens in uncovering their purpose? Or better yet, how can we infuse purpose into our families and classrooms?

Let’s start by painting a canvas of possibilities and inviting teens into a story.

It’s about asking those pivotal questions. What issue do they want to tackle? Homelessness, loneliness, insecurity, or maybe unpreparedness? These inquiries open doors to missions—temporary quests that drive change and impact lives.

Missions aren’t etched in stone.

They’re adaptable, and that’s the beauty of it. Having a purpose, however, is the cornerstone of mental health—a compass that guides actions and decisions.

For teens and adults alike, aligning time and energy with your mission or purpose is a golden rule. If it’s a tad scary, well, that’s often a sign that you’re on the right track. The destination is important, but the real magic lies in the journey—the effort and the strides taken toward that goal.

So, what does having a purpose look like for teens?

It’s a kaleidoscope of possibilities. Some examples could be:

  • Love god, love others
  • Learn and have fun
  • Prepare for the future (college, job)
  • Become a better writer
  • Pass the AP test

It’s amazing when teens zero in on the purpose they want to pursue long-term in their lives, but for most, it’s less intimidating to set a short-term goal.

But living on purpose demands strategy.

Ask yourself—what’s needed to accomplish this mission? Sometimes, it means letting go of things that don’t align with the mission’s trajectory. It’s about priorities and focus.

You’re never too young to have a mission. You’re the architect of your future, and a mission is like the blueprint. Want a fun exercise? Picture your life in 5 or 10 years. Where do you see yourself amidst life’s ups and downs?

Helping teens find their purpose is about empowering teens to dream, discover, and conquer. It’s about nurturing a generation driven by intent and passion.

So, parents, educators, mentors—let’s be the guiding stars. Engage in conversations about aspirations, nudging teens toward their missions. It’s a journey, an exploration of self-discovery.

And teens, if you’re feeling a tad lost or uncertain, that’s alright. The path to finding your mission isn’t always straightforward. It’s about trying on different hats, exploring varied interests, and figuring out what truly resonates.

As we embark on this mission-driven journey, remember—it’s not just about reaching the finish line. It’s about the grit, the determination, the stories woven along the way. It’s about waking up each day with a fire in your belly, fueled by purpose.

Let’s champion teens with a purpose. Let’s paint a world where passion meets action, where dreams aren’t just dreams but blueprints for change.

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Ep. 104: Panic Attacks & OnlyFans

Ep. 104: Panic Attacks & OnlyFans

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With anxiety on the rise, many teens are suffering panic attacks. Listen for how to recognize a panic attack and actionable tips for ways to help.

Chris and Karlie also talk about the online platform and app, OnlyFans. We’ve got the details on why some teenagers are using the platform, despite the 18+ rating in the app store.

Plus, stay tuned for our tip on helping teens with ADHD complete tasks!

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Ep. 103: Anxiety & Gap Years

Ep. 103: Anxiety & Gap Years

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Is my teen suffering from anxiety?

Many teenagers suffer from moderate to severe anxiety. In episode 103 of the podcast, we’ll share symptoms to look for and ways that you can support teens throughout adolescence.

We’ll also talk about the growing number of teens taking gap years and whether or not a gap year may be a good solution for your family!

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Chris has worked with teens from a variety of backgrounds for over a decade. He has a desire to help teenagers make good choices while also giving their families tools to communicate more effectively as choices are made.

Karlie Duke

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Director of Communications

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Ep. 68: Back to School & Summer Superlatives

Ep. 68: Back to School & Summer Superlatives

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How to handle back-to-school anxiety and set your family up for success during the school year

Chris and Karlie are back at it, celebrating the start of a new school year. Join us in a summer superlative review of top hits and trends. We’ll also discuss back-to-school anxiety and how to set your teen up for the transition back. If you are a parent looking to raise your kids with Christian spirituality, don’t miss this week’s tip.

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Ep. 32: School Check-In

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Join the Teen Life Podcast as we explore the kinds of grief, anxiety and other issues students are dealing with this year. School counselors and specialists weigh in on current trends to be aware of, how we can support our schools and what kinds of coping mechanisms we can teach kids and teens.

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