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Get Ahead Kids - Vol. 4, No. 4 - July/August 2012

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Can You "Get Ahead" While Taking A Chill?

By Gina M. Biegel MA, LMFT

In a day and age where adults often fight with younger generations to turn down the music and minimize screen time, how do we meet a teen where they are at today, in this moment?

The first part of the aforementioned, "turn down the music," probably sounds familiar to many generations, but "screen time," and spending much of it on superfluous multimedia items (e.g., MP3 products and the like), is foreign even to young adults such as myself.

However, there are benefits and negatives to Facebook, Twitter and networking on-line. When does it go too far? Youth are hemorrhaging for someone to limit their screen time on computers, texting and other similar products.

How do teens sit in silence if they are never really in silence?

After asking myself such questions and experiencing clients going through struggles with these issues, I decided to meet teens where they are at and encourage them to slow down on a teen friendly iPhone and iPad application to "Take a Chill."

This recently developed application contains tools to aid teens in managing their stress in this day and age where technology as a form of communication often supersedes live interaction between peers, families and people in general.

Bridging this gap is improved through the Take a Chill application, even for adults (yes, youth often learn from the modeling of their adult counterparts).

There are a number of features available that include, but are not limited to:

  • Quick Exercises - for in the moment "chilling" out
  • Daily Dose - activities to continually encourage and increase mindful practice
  • Free Guided Audio Tracks - including mindful homework and test taking to center and use before taking that oh so difficult test or homework assignment
  • Stress Assessment - to assess how events, both positive and negative are currently affecting your life

Check your progress and make notes to share with your friends whenever you want.

It has been reported that teens develop more positive attitudes toward themselves (i.e. improving self-confidence) while enhancing their views of life.

About Gina M. Biegel

Ms. Biegel, a psychotherapist in the U.S., created an evidenced-based program called Stressed Teens, utilising mindfulness and life skills for youth. She conducts trainings in the U.S. and Internationally. Her first book, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal With Stress is available now.

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Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT
Founder of the Stressed Teens Program


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