healthy habits for teens

Healthy Habits Learned at blueFire Wilderness

During the adolescent years, teens rarely take into consideration their physical health and even less so on mental health. They know they are experiencing a wide range of emotions but are unclear on how to sort through them all in a positive and effective manner. This can lead to depression, anxiety, or injurious practices such …

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When To Seek Help For Your Teen’s Mental Health

If someone asked you what the best stage in our lives was, what would you say?  Many of us believe that the best stage in life is childhood or adolescence.  Generally speaking, children and adolescents have fewer responsibilities, pressures, and worries.  This of course is not the case for everyone, many children face hardships or …

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Wilderness Programs for Youth: Damaging Effect of Technology Addiction

With technology continually innovating, it has become an integral part of our society.  Technology has allowed our society to advance in many ways, including advancements in communication, entertainment, information sharing, access to goods and services, and much more.  Technology has taken over many sectors of our lives, in particular, youth are greatly affected by technologies …

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How to Improve Academic Performance: Stay Active!

Physical activity has long been recommended as a way to keep physical health in check and to promote healthy growth and development, but research also indicates that physical activity is important for brain and learning health as well. Studies from 2013 suggest that increasing physical activities and physical fitness may improve academic performance and that …

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Social Media and Mental Health: The Strive for Likes on Social Media

What if people could not like our posts on social media? Would we still post as much as we do now? Instagram recently proposed that hiding the ability to see other people’s likes on social might be better for users’ mental health. Technology isn’t addictive because we crave the information it offers, but rather because …

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Texting and Driving: One of the Dangers of Technology Addiction in Teens

Technology addiction in teens is not uncommon within today’s society. Teens have constant access to cellphones, computers, and social media. With the increased need to constantly be accessing social media or checking messages, texting and driving as a teen and adult, is at an all-time high. CNN recently released an article discussing how parents can …

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Damaging to Your Teen's Future: The Risks of Teen Substance Abuse

According to a recent article by Science Daily, new research states that teen substance abuse is much more likely to occur if teenagers have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home. The research was one of the first studies conducted to evaluate adolescent exposure to illegal substances and its effects on teen substance …

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Understanding OCD in Youth

Mental illness is extremely common within our society, but people often forget that mental illness is something that effects both adults and youth. Due to the stigma of mental illness, many people do not openly discuss or understand the variety of common mental illnesses individuals struggle with. This lack of acknowledgment—which leads to a lack …

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