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  • Stress & Coping Center Stress & Coping Center

    Visit our stress and coping center for advice on how to handle stress, including different stressful situations.

  • Food Journal

    A food journal can help us track our eating as well as see connections between our feelings and food.

  • Gratitude: A Worksheet Gratitude: A Worksheet

    Feeling grateful for what we have (instead of obsessing about what we don't) can help us get more out of life. This worksheet is designed to get you thinking about gratitude.

  • How's Your Self-Esteem? (Quiz) How's Your Self-Esteem? (Quiz)

    This quiz can give you insight into things that might affect your self-esteem so you can learn how to build and protect it.

  • Positive Emotions: A Worksheet Positive Emotions: A Worksheet

    Positivity is fun to practice – as well as a great way to learn more about yourself. This worksheet is designed to help you explore 10 common positive emotions.

  • Rejection: How Well Do You Cope? (Quiz) Rejection: How Well Do You Cope? (Quiz)

    Everyone gets rejected at some point. Get some insight into your coping skills by taking this quiz for teens.

  • Stop Smoking: Your Personal Plan Stop Smoking: Your Personal Plan

    This interactive feature helps you come up with a plan to stop smoking.

  • 5 Tips for Surviving Shots 5 Tips for Surviving Shots

    If you're afraid of shots, you're not alone. Next time your doc asks you to roll up your sleeve, try these tips.

  • 5 Ways to (Respectfully) Disagree 5 Ways to (Respectfully) Disagree

    These 5 tips can help you disagree with someone in a constructive way - without losing it or shying away from how you feel.

  • 5 Ways to Ace a Job Interview 5 Ways to Ace a Job Interview

    Interviewing for a summer job or internship? Read our tips.

  • 5 Ways to Beat Pre-performance Nerves 5 Ways to Beat Pre-performance Nerves

    Stressed out about speaking or performing in front of people? These tips can help you cope.

  • 5 Ways to Cope When a Loved One Dies 5 Ways to Cope When a Loved One Dies

    We all face grief at some point. Here are 5 ideas that might help you cope when someone you love has died.

  • 5 Ways to Deal With Anxiety 5 Ways to Deal With Anxiety

    We all get worried or nervous about things. Here are 5 ways to control anxiety.

  • 5 Ways to Prevent Stress Buildup 5 Ways to Prevent Stress Buildup

    Everyday stressors have a way of piling up if we don't keep them in check. Adding these 5 simple actions to your regular routine can help you avoid that "bogged down by stress" feeling.

  • 5 Ways to Shake Shyness 5 Ways to Shake Shyness

    If shyness is putting a hold on your social life, here are 5 ideas that might help.

  • Be Your Best Self Be Your Best Self

    What makes people happy? How can you boost your own happiness? This site has information and activities based on the science of positive psychology to help you succeed, make a difference, handle difficult emotions, and build good relationship skills.

  • Choosing Your Mood Choosing Your Mood

    Choosing your mood means being in control of it instead of feeling like it's controlling you. Here are tips on how to create the right mood to help you succeed at what you're trying to do.

  • Good Reasons to Smile Good Reasons to Smile

    Smiling on purpose benefits brain chemistry – and can boost our mood. But it only works if you smile in the right way. Find out how in this article for teens.

  • Gratitude Gratitude

    Gratitude doesn't just feel good. Focusing on what's good in our lives can also be good for us. Find out how in this article for teens.

  • How Much Sleep Do I Need? How Much Sleep Do I Need?

    Teens need about 8-1/2 to more than 9 hours of sleep each night. But you might not be getting it. Here's why - and tips for getting more shut-eye.

  • Managing Your Emotional Reactions Managing Your Emotional Reactions

    People who do a good job of managing emotions know that it's healthy to express their feelings, but that it matters how they express them. Get tips in this article for teens.

  • Mindfulness Mindfulness

    Mindfulness helps people do their best at things, whether that's focusing on a task or getting along with others. This article for teens has details on practicing mindfulness so you can make it work for you.

  • Mindfulness Exercises Mindfulness Exercises

    Being mindful helps people do better in just about every part of life, like focusing on homework or feeling less stressed out. This article for teens has 5 exercises to practice building mindfulness skills.

  • Protecting Your Online Identity and Reputation Protecting Your Online Identity and Reputation

    The virtual world is full of opportunities to interact with people around the world. It's also a place where nothing is temporary. Here are some tips for safeguarding your online identity.

  • Relaxation Exercise: Loving Kindness Meditation Relaxation Exercise: Loving Kindness Meditation

    This meditation helps us feel connected to and grateful for the people in our lives. Listen as we guide you through this meditation.

  • Relaxation Exercises: Breathing Basics Relaxation Exercises: Breathing Basics

    Breathing exercises help us slow down and relax. Let our audio recordings coach you through 3 simple breathing exercises: finger-count breathing, smiling breath, and belly breathing.

  • Study Break Yoga (Video) Study Break Yoga (Video)

    Yoga is a great way to take a study break because it refocuses and re-energizes both the body and mind. This routine uses poses that work for teens.

  • T'ai Chi T'ai Chi

    T'ai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art form. Like yoga in India, t'ai chi was developed to enhance both physical and emotional well-being.

  • Technology: 5 Ways To Reboot Yourself Technology: 5 Ways To Reboot Yourself

    Sending and receiving messages late at night can disrupt your sleep and leave you tired and unfocused when it's time for school.

  • The Power of Positive Emotions The Power of Positive Emotions

    Scientists are learning that positive emotions have a powerful effect on our brains and bodies, helping us feel, and act, our best. Let this article help you tap into the power of positive emotions.

  • Welcome Home Yoga (Video) Welcome Home Yoga (Video)

    Unwind after a long day at school with this yoga routine for teens.

  • Why Exercise Is Wise Why Exercise Is Wise

    Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help you to feel better emotionally. Find out why.

  • Yoga Yoga

    Looking for a workout program that's easy to learn, requires little or no equipment, and soothes your soul while toning your body? Read about yoga - and watch our slideshow for some easy poses to try.

  • Yoga for Stress Relief Yoga for Stress Relief

    Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. These tips for teens can help you tap into yoga's stress-reducing benefits.

  • Yoga: Meditation and Breathing Yoga: Meditation and Breathing

    Breathing and meditation techniques can have subtle but powerful effects on everything from stress to sports performance. Try these four techniques.

  • Dealing With Anger Dealing With Anger

    Do you wonder why you fly off the handle so easily sometimes? Do you wish you knew healthier ways to express yourself when you're steamed? Check out this article for help with dealing with anger.

  • Dealing With Difficult Emotions Dealing With Difficult Emotions

    Negative emotions are impossible to avoid and everyone feels them from time to time. They may be difficult, but they don't have to be stressful. Find out how to deal with stressful feelings.

  • Help! Is This My Body? Help! Is This My Body?

    Your body's changing - and if you've ever felt out of step with it, you're not alone. Find out how to deal with body changes and feelings in this article.

  • How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem? How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem?

    We all have problems with self-esteem at certain times in our lives. Here are some tips that might help.

  • How Can I Stop Cutting? How Can I Stop Cutting?

    If you've been cutting and you want to stop, here are some approaches that might help you.

  • Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood? Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood?

    Because of all the changes taking place in your life, you may feel like you're on an emotional roller coaster. Find out more about bad moods and why you have them.

  • Am I in a Healthy Relationship? Am I in a Healthy Relationship?

    Does your boyfriend or girlfriend treat you as well as you treat him or her? Does your BF or GF support you in good times as well as bad? Does he or she get who you really are? Find out if you're in a healthy relationship.

  • Are the Holidays Too Materialistic? Are the Holidays Too Materialistic?

    Stressed out by what you'll give and what you'll get? Here's some advice on putting real meaning into your giving - and the holidays.

  • Coming Out Coming Out

    Coming out (or not) is a personal choice that depends on you and your situation. Learn more in this article for teens.

  • Coping With Cliques Coping With Cliques

    Are you on the outside looking in or the inside wanting out? Find out how to deal with cliques in this article for teens.

  • Coping With Stressful Situations Coping With Stressful Situations

    How well we get through a stressful situation depends a lot on us. It's how we deal with that makes all the difference. Here are some ways to understand and manage stress.

  • Culture Shock Culture Shock

    Culture shock isn't a clinical term or medical condition. It's simply a common way to describe the confusing and nervous feelings a person may have after leaving a familiar culture to live in a new and different culture.

  • Cyberbullying Cyberbullying

    Using technology to bully is a problem that's on the rise. The good news is awareness of how to prevent cyberbullying is growing even faster. See our tips on what to do.

  • Dealing With a Health Condition Dealing With a Health Condition

    If you suffer from a chronic illness, you know it can be anything but fun. But you can become better informed and more involved in your care. Here are tips to help you deal.

  • Dealing With Bullying Dealing With Bullying

    Bullying has everyone worried, not just the people on its receiving end. Learn about dealing with bullies, including tips on how to stand up for yourself or a friend.

  • Dealing With Divorce Dealing With Divorce

    If you're dealing with your parents' divorce, it may seem hard, but it is possible to cope and have a good family life in spite of the changes divorce can bring.

  • Dealing With Feelings When You're Overweight Dealing With Feelings When You're Overweight

    If a person is struggling with extra weight, it can add to the emotional ups and downs of being a teen. Get some tips on coping here.

  • Death and Grief Death and Grief

    If someone close to you has died, you probably feel overwhelmed with grief. Read about some things that might help you cope.

  • Family Money Troubles Family Money Troubles

    Stressed out by your parents' money worries? Check out our tips for handling tough times.

  • Going to College Going to College

    The first year of college is filled with new challenges and opportunities. Read our article to beef up on your college coping skills.

  • Handling Sports Pressure and Competition Handling Sports Pressure and Competition

    Winning is all that matters when you play sports, right? Not when that means you can't even enjoy the game. Read about how to handle sports pressure and competition.

  • Homesickness Homesickness

    When you're homesick, you might feel nostalgic for familiar things like your family, friends, pets, house, or neighborhood. Learn more about homesickness and what you can do about it.

  • How to Break Up Respectfully How to Break Up Respectfully

    Breaking up means having an awkward or difficult conversation. Here are some ideas on what to say and how to say it - and why it's best to break up in person.

  • Managing Your Emotional Reactions Managing Your Emotional Reactions

    People who do a good job of managing emotions know that it's healthy to express their feelings, but that it matters how they express them. Get tips in this article for teens.

  • My Pet Died. How Can I Feel Better? My Pet Died. How Can I Feel Better?

    Even if you're having a bad day, you don't feel popular, or you're having trouble at school, your pet loves you. So losing a pet can be heartbreaking. This article outlines some ways to cope.

  • Peer Pressure Peer Pressure

    Responding to peer pressure is part of human nature — but some people are more likely to give in, and others are better able to resist and stand their ground. Find out how to make the right choices for you.

  • Rejection and How to Handle It Rejection and How to Handle It

    Rejection hurts. But it's impossible to avoid. Life is about going for things. And when we do, rejection is always a possibility.

  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying

    Just like other kinds of bullying, sexual bullying is intended to hurt, offend, or intimidate another person. Find out how to recognize sexual bullying and harassment and what to do.

  • Starting High School Starting High School

    The transition from middle school to high school is an important and seemingly daunting one. Here are a few topics that commonly worry incoming freshmen and some things you might want to know about them.

  • Stepparents Stepparents

    Because everyone's situation is different, there are no easy answers to accepting a stepparent. But here are some ideas to help you deal.

  • Teens Talk About Bullying (Video) Teens Talk About Bullying (Video)

    In this video, teens talk about their experiences with bullying.

  • Test Anxiety Test Anxiety

    Everyone feels a little nervous and stressed before a test. And a touch of nervous anticipation can actually help keep you at peak performance. But for some people, this normal anxiety is more intense.

  • The Moving Blues The Moving Blues

    It isn't easy to start over. Read this article to learn some ways to cope with the stress of moving.

  • When Parents Argue When Parents Argue

    Sometimes parents stay levelheaded when they disagree, and they allow each other a chance to listen and to talk. But many times when parents disagree, they argue. Here's how to deal with it.

  • About Serious Stress About Serious Stress

    Serious stress can come from dealing with a personal crisis, a disaster, a health crisis, or a mental health condition that feels out of control. Here's what to do when stress gets really serious.

  • Abuse Abuse

    Abuse can take many forms. This article talks about recognizing abuse, its effects, and what someone who is being abused can do.

  • Abusive Relationships Abusive Relationships

    Abuse has no place in love. Read this article to find out how to recognize the signs of abuse and how you can get help.

  • Binge Drinking Binge Drinking

    The definition of binge drinking in the United States is the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men – or four or more drinks in a row by women – at least once in the previous two weeks. Surprised? Find out more.

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    For some people, worries about appearance become extreme and upsetting, interfering with their lives, a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.

  • Common Sleep Problems Common Sleep Problems

    Sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. If that sounds like you, find out what you can do.

  • Coping With an Alcoholic Parent Coping With an Alcoholic Parent

    Alcoholism causes anguish not only for the person who drinks, but for everyone who is involved with that person. But there are things you can do to help cope with the problems alcoholism creates in families.

  • Cutting Cutting

    It can be hard to understand, but people who cut themselves sometimes do it because it actually makes them feel better. They are overflowing with emotions - like sadness, depression, or anger - that they have trouble expressing.

  • Dealing With Addiction Dealing With Addiction

    Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction - from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.

  • Dealing With Bullying Dealing With Bullying

    Bullying has everyone worried, not just the people on its receiving end. Learn about dealing with bullies, including tips on how to stand up for yourself or a friend.

  • Dealing With Divorce Dealing With Divorce

    If you're dealing with your parents' divorce, it may seem hard, but it is possible to cope and have a good family life in spite of the changes divorce can bring.

  • Death and Grief Death and Grief

    If someone close to you has died, you probably feel overwhelmed with grief. Read about some things that might help you cope.

  • Depression Depression

    Depression is very common. For more information about depression and feeling better, check out this article.

  • Emotional Eating Emotional Eating

    We've all eaten a whole bag of chips out of boredom or while cramming for a big test. Learn more about emotional eating, and how to manage it, in this article for teens.

  • Gambling Addiction Gambling Addiction

    It might seem like gambling is a harmless pastime, but it can easily become a problem that affects not just the gambler, but that person's family and friends as well.

  • Getting Help for Intense Grief Getting Help for Intense Grief

    Going through grief and loss is never easy. But in some situations, grief can feel especially intense – even overwhelming. Find out what to do in this article for teens.

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    Sometimes after experiencing a traumatic event, a person has a strong and lingering reaction known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Getting treatment and support can make all the difference.

  • Prescription Drug Abuse Prescription Drug Abuse

    Why do people abuse prescription drugs? Some think that because a doctor prescribed them they must be stronger. Others believe they're safer and less addictive than street drugs. But there are many downsides to experimenting with prescription drugs.

  • Rape Rape

    Rape is forced, unwanted sexual intercourse. Rape is about power, not sex. Both men and women of any age can be raped. Find out what you can do and how to take care of yourself after a rape.

  • Social Phobia Social Phobia

    It's natural to feel self-conscious, nervous, or shy sometimes. But for some people, the anxiety that goes with feeling shy or self-conscious can be extreme, and it can take over their lives. Get the facts on social phobia here.

  • Suicide Suicide

    We all feel overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations sometimes. If someone is seriously depressed, suicidal thinking is a real concern. Here are warning signs and ways to get help.

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