Cultivate… COPING by frequently taking instant vacations

Teenagers often experience stress when they feel pressure from their peers to do something that they know is wrong (like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes), worrying about their body image and how it is changing, or feeling anxious on making good grades in school. Whatever is making our teens stressed, we are here to help…

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Cultivate…SAFETY by learning to set boundaries

The busyness and obligations of the holidays are often a good time to start thinking about boundaries! Good boundaries help protect your physical and emotional SAFETY. Boundaries can create stronger bonds and lessen the opportunity for resentment in relationships. Setting boundaries is a skill, though, and one we likely weren’t taught. We have to learn…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS with non-monetary gifts.

You’ve probably noticed that there are less weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. For some of us that means additional time and money constraints on gift-buying. Not to worry, this blogger has truly cultivated the art of non-monetary gifts that build relationships! Her budget constraints turned out to be a blessing in disguise as…

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Cultivate… HOPE by prioritizing micro and macro goals

Cultivating hope does not have to be a complicated process for us because, fortunately, there are research-based strategies for us to help our kids increase their skills of hope. One strategy is to help our kids identify and prioritize their top macro and micro goals. The point of this exercise is to understand what our…

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Cultivate… COPING by using gratitude to overcome the hard times!

On our fifth day of gratitude week, we will talk about how gratitude can help us cope and heal from our past difficult experiences. Gratitude gives us the power to cope with crisis and make us more resilient to stress. According to Robert Emmons, remembering our difficult past experiences and thinking about where we are…

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Cultivate… SAFETY by improving sleep with gratitude!

On our fourth day of gratitude week, we will talk about how gratitude cultivates safety by improving the quantity and quality of sleep we get. Sleep is very important as it restores the body and mind and refresh us for the next day. However, lack of sleep quantity and quality has been linked to lower…

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Cultivate… KNOWLEDGE by understanding the science of gratitude!

On our third day of gratitude week, we will learn about the science of gratitude and think about ways to cultivate gratitude into our daily schedules. There is no question that when we express gratitude, we feel more positive about ourselves and the people that we are building a strong relationship with. Research has shown…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS with a gratitude text!

On our second day of focusing on gratitude, join OKPTA Cultivate in a gratitude challenge: before you go to bed tonight, tell someone in your life why you are grateful for them. Write a handwritten letter, say it out loud, or just send a gratitude text! It’s easy, quick, free…and it will make someone’s day.…

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