Staying Active

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Photo Credit: Edson Hong via Compfight cc

We all know how easy it is to get distracted by social media! I can think of times, myself, where I’ve spent way too much time looking at posts when I could have been being more productive. Staying active and getting schoolwork done early can really help with your child’s stress management, especially when it is building up. Looking at social media sites is OK to do every day, but make sure you set a limit so they have time to do other things and keep themselves healthy! On average, it is said that an hour of physical activity a day decreases stress tremendously, which can then lead to a healthy mind!

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No Need to be Embarrassed

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in America.  The condition affects 40 million adults in the United States.  That’s 18 percent of the U.S. population!!

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However, despite this, people with anxiety disorders still live with the stigma that is often associated with invisible conditions.  The Mighty asked their readers what living with Anxiety was like, and how they tackled living with it.  It is important for you to know that you are not alone in this journey and you are not isolated. One of the reasons we have the SOVA website is to connect you with a supportive community and resources to help you with your journey.


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How to “Do” Self-Care

We often write, and you may hear, about “self-care.”  However, this may leave you wondering: How do I “do” self care?  Plus, there are a lot of ways that life gets in the way of self-care.  For example: I am busy! Getting a massage takes time and money!  I don’t know where to start!

Well, you’re not alone.  Self-care can look like so many different things, and can be different for different people.  Try to keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another.  With that in mind, here’s a list of ideas to get you started!

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Photo Credit: Leonard J Matthews Flickr via Compfight cc

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Think, Act, Grow

The Office of Adolescent Health;
The Office of Adolescent Health;

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has an Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).  OAH is “dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents.”  One of the ways they’re trying to take action is through their Think, Act, Grow (TAG) initiative.  TAG is a national call to action to improve and prioritize adolescent health.

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Instagram’s newest safety tool

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Photo Credit: vastateparksstaff Flickr via Compfight cc

Last year Instagram introduced a new feature that allows users to turn off comments on individual Instagram posts, as well as allow users to block posts with certain words.  Now the social media company has recently created two more tools to help keep Instagram “a safe place for self-expression.”  One of these is a tool that blocks offensive comments.  This comment filter will block certain offensive comments (such as harassing comments) on posts, as well as in live videos.  This comment filter will not block other non-offensive comments, and still allows you to report or delete comments.  Also, you can still turn off comments, if you wish.  The offensive comments are hidden from everyone except the person responsible who made the offensive comment.  You can reverse or modify these comment settings at any time.

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The 5 Signs

The five signs of suffering are:

  • withdrawal
  • agitation
  • hopelessness
  • a decline in personal care
  • a change in personality.

Someone may exhibit one or more signs when they are suffering.

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Perhaps you’ve experienced these yourself or have noticed these in your child, or a friend or relative. Suffering can come to us in many ways – perhaps a close friend or relative has moved away or died, or perhaps mental illness makes life difficult on a day-to-day basis. Being aware of these 5 signs can be a helpful way to realize when you need to seek help your child seek professional advice or counseling.

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Photos of an Anxiety Disorder

We found this article called “12 Breathtaking Photos Show What It’s Really Like To Have General Anxiety Disorder” and we think it’s amazing that someone so beautifully created art around how an anxiety disorder feels. From the article: “Trying to explain a mental illness to someone who’s never experienced it is like trying to explain color to a blind person,” said photographer Katie Crawford.  Crawford has battled an anxiety disorder since age 11, so she picked up her camera and developed a breathtaking series of self-portraits, titled “My Anxious Heart.”


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