Adolescent crisis prevention workshop

The Transition

Transition from childhood to adulthood is not simple. Adolescence is a period of change. The physical aspect, cognitive development as well as intellectual, emotional and social facets; every child moves through a bumpy roller coaster ride. Nobody likes change; children too are unprepared for it and may face hardships in dealing with their own life situation. It is each parent’s responsibility to ensure the evolution of their child to a mature adult.


Truly, some worry is essential since it motivates children to perform better and keeps them on the guard. For any performance-related activity, there is an optimal amount of stress that drives them into action. This worry constitutes good stress or ‘Eustress’. It is stress that provides them with focus and gives a “spirited edge” that helps one to think quickly and clearly and express thought in ways that will profit communication. But on the other hand, if it escalates to an abnormally high level, it interferes with performance and constitutes ‘Distress.’

Stress over stress

Everything in this world seems smooth as long as things are going on their pre-destined track. When children set out in this world to pave their own way, there is bound to be resistance. And this leads to restlessness, apprehension, fear and anxiety. Anything that they love, things that matter to them; and are important to them, make them worry (what an irony!). And worry is quite an unpleasant emotion. They enter a vicious cycle initiated by their changing hormones, and worsened by peer pressure and their developing identity.

Negative Identity

Childhood sows the seeds while teenage sprouts twigs of identity. Responsiveness to emotions, personality buildup, habit formation and problem solving abilities get defined. Though it may seem easy, the situation can sometimes get chancy if not dealt with appropriately. Children feel that they are innately capable of making the right decisions; which may not be everlastingly true. They tend to do defy a lot of what is told to them. This results in the development of negative identity. They end themselves up in an emotional mess and become a source of trouble to everyone around them.

Too bad for teens

Any event that demands the body to raise a fight usually qualifies as a stressor. The mind uses psychological defenses to fight these stressors. Sometimes these defenses suffice; at others they are insufficient and take a toll on the child’s system in totality. The stressed mind urges one to transiently suspend rational thinking, leading to denial of reality and brings in pessimism. This causes the damaging tetrad of negative perceptions, negative thoughts, emotions and behaviors that eventually result in self-damaging lifestyles. The mind gets cluttered, they cannot think straight, get angry and upset, become violent, feel depressed and in extreme cases may be driven to suicide too. It takes a good deal of determination and strength to face life’s demands with composure.

Constructive Crisis

Criticism drives improvement and directs betterment. Everyone has self-preserving instincts; we all need positive reinforcers; nobody awaits negative remarks. Children need support and guidance, which should be offered in a constructive manner so that they deal with their crisis effectively and emerge as stronger, mature, positive and more responsible individuals.

MINDFRAMES: Reframing teen stress

Stress is an inseparable part of day-to-day existence. It is not possible to change the situation in most cases; however, changing oneself is a feasible and suitable option. Use of adaptive coping strategies (problem solving approaches; instead of being fatalistic and blaming the world for your woes), yoga, meditation, cognitive reconstruction; all can promote a healthy, positive and stress free existence. It is essential to keep up optimism, constructive outlook and belief in betterment. Teens are responsible for their own sanity. We aim to empower them with positive coping strategies to understand normative crisis and deal with life responsibly, paving way for mature and settled adulthood.

Teenage: Not so much fun?

Teens and tweens endure a great amount of stress; but this is somehow typically overlooked by parents today. Just like all of us adults, teenagers also have significant changes going on in their lives. They have limited coping abilities, have seen less of life than adults have and are relatively inexperienced when it comes to managing these demands. Some reasons for teen stress include:.

  • Problems with their friends
  • Negative perceptions of parents
  • Insecurity about their image
  • Worries about school grades
  • Changing residence or school
  • Unhealthy perfectionism traits
  • Bodily changes of puberty
  • Extra curricular burdens

Role of parents

The parent education module that we aim to offer to parents through the school includes:

  • Methods to monitor teen stress
  • Appropriate behavior shaping
  • Building optimal communication
  • De-stressing the parents first
  • Explaining stress management
  • Adopting appropriate parenting
  • Creating apposite environments

Empowering teens

Teenagers need our help. They need to feel strong and good about themselves so that they can make the most sensible choices for themselves and build their coping skills and esteem alongside.Through the workshop we aim to explain the importance of:

  • Healthy diet and regular exercise
  • Yoga and relaxation techniques
  • Need to take a break at times
  • Building personal responsibility
  • Manage their time appropriately
  • Follow healthy perfectionism traits
  • Become assertive and reliant
  • Monitor their negative emotions
  • Build long lasting friendships
  • Network and connect with others
  • Improve relationships with parents
  • Do enough good to ‘feel’ good
  • Realize that they are not alone
  • Ask for help when they need it