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A technique to deal with mental struggles

Almost every tween and teen has come face to face with a mental struggle. An essential part of adolescence is learning how to cope with and handle everyday struggles, both psychological and physical. How can you help yourself through a mental battle? How can you help others? How do you know which techniques work? From personal experience, I have learned that talking to someone that you are close to is the best way to help … Read More

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A practical approach – Avoid being bullied

Bullying is a social evil that is defined as the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate. We have all faced it, and we have all been on both sides of the equation. From the school-yard or on the internet, bullying is ubiquitous. The aim of this blog is to sensitize ourselves to bullying as well as give tips on how to avoid it. To bring home the point, here is an excerpt from … Read More

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My built-in best friend

I used to dread being alone. I thought it reeked with the stench of being unlikable, unlovable because the only reason to be alone is if no one else chooses to be with you but yourself. Growing up, I wasn’t the best at keeping friends. Sometimes it’s by chance, sometimes for reason, but I’ve found that the people I’ve grown most fond of tend to be the people that don’t last long inside my world. … Read More

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Discussing introvertism in an outgoing world

In our world today, we are expected to be social and to have many friends. It is not a world for introverts, which can make them feel down about themselves. How can introverts fit into society? How can they feel better about themselves and the community? I am an introvert, and I struggle to talk to people. I struggled with this for a while because everyone else was hanging out, and I wouldn’t be invited. … Read More

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Rejection and disappointment

Rejection sucks. It is a heart-wrenching feeling when your hard work is being treated like it means nothing. The other feeling in this “package deal” is a disappointment. Dismissing your efforts will invariably lead you to feel sad and distressed. When my entry to a programming competition didn’t make the cut, I was devastated. I did what any rational person would do: I bawled my eyes out and refused to talk about the incident. OK, … Read More

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Teen Wellness 101: When to Reach Out for Help

If you’re between the ages of twelve and twenty-one, chances are you have a friend whose well-being you are worried about. And maybe you’ve thought about intervening.  Reaching out when concerned about a friend can be incredibly difficult. Our closest friends are those that we trust and confide in, and reaching out to an adult or professional without their knowledge can feel like a violation of that trust. So how do you know if it’s … Read More

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Work Life balance, Stress

Making the Journey Count

In a fast-paced and competitive world, productivity is seen as the ultimate key to accomplishment. Having this “drive to strive” for achievement has pushed people to do the most possible so that the best outcome arises. Whether it is about trying to impress our parents or attending the most prestigious college, we often put forth our best effort when there is a grand prize waiting for us at the end. However, isn’t the journey to … Read More

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Empathy in the news

I skim the Washington Post daily to keep up with the world. In the light of former president George HW Bush passing, a headline that caught my eye was “The touching gesture by George H W Bush that his Secret Service ‘ family’ will never forget”. The article had a picture of George H. W. Bush sitting near a flower garden in Kennebunkport, Maine in 2013 holding a 2-year old child. The pair wore matching … Read More

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