We often confuse mental wellness with feeling good all of the time. While it’s true that practicing optimism, gratitude, and other wellness skills can drastically improve mental health, we will never be exempt from experiencing uncomfortable emotions. Sadness, anxiety, grief, loneliness, and more are all normal during this time.
In a recent article for in the New York Times, Lisa Damour discusses how we can help our teenagers weather unpleasant emotions by making room for these emotions, by not confusing emotionality with fragility, and by helping teens find appropriate ways of expressing their misery. Click here for the whole article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-uncomfortable-emotions.html?referringSource=articleShare&fbclid=IwAR0RUmDhtitfCESEeQo3462FqbabOm1pZr-Us0XaNI8-hAzNuL4kWGEoKFU