The Necessity of Boredom

The Necessity of Boredom

Whenever I talk to parents, teachers or students, I try to encourage the idea of ‘BOREDOM’. The first thing I hear is: “we don’t have time to be bored!!!”. Yes, I get it. We are a busy society. We are on-the-go from 7:00 am until 10 pm, maybe even longer, only to do...
A Better Brain Through Sleep

A Better Brain Through Sleep

Adolescents need good, restorative sleep (at least 9 hrs a night) in order to manage the everyday stressors that being a teenager can bring. Part of how to get high-quality sleep is by having good sleep etiquette. Adolescents should (ideally) take an hour before bed...
Anxiety is Not a Feeling

Anxiety is Not a Feeling

It wouldn’t be unusual for you to hear a person say that they are feeling anxious. However, anxiety is actually not a feeling! I describe anxiety as a lid on unwanted or undesirable emotions. We have to feel our feelings AND we have to feel competent with handling...