The term “perfectionism” is used informally to describe everything from keeping a detailed to-do list to preferring a very neat home. However, true, clinical perfectionism is a form of anxiety and is very different from simply being detail oriented or liking things to be “just so.” Perfectionists typically believe that they must be flawless, and they tend to feel very anxious about making mistakes.
High school is a time of fun, excitement, growth, and change. For many teens, however, high school is also a time of tremendous stress. High schoolers must grapple with increased academic expectations, social pressures, executive function demands, romantic relationships, and decisions about their futures–all with a brain that is still developing and a body full of hormones! For teens prone to anxiety, high school can feel like a pressure cooker.
Children, even at early ages, can benefit from developing resiliency as a means of addressing anxious thoughts and behaviors. Resiliency means learning to bounce back when we face challenging times. It means that a child can eventually realize that he or she can survive, and even thrive, despite encountering difficult situations.
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Practicing mindfulness is one way that children and teens can learn to cope with stress and enhance their overall mental health.
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