Healthy Habits & Self Care

Building Confidence Through Self-Discovery

Building Confidence Through Self-Discovery

Where does self-confidence come from? According to researchers, confidence is built from both external elements, like a positive family environment, and internal elements, like a strong sense of self. To develop a strong sense of self, tweens and teens need opportunities for self-discovery: learning about their unique character, beliefs, abilities,…

Why is Nurturing Self-Discovery so Important Right Now?

Why is Nurturing Self-Discovery so Important Right Now?

If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably already know that everything Lucero creates – from new features in the app to our social posts – is a collaboration between licensed clinical therapists and a team of youth advisors. Hands down, we believe that the best way to…

Tips for Managing Back to School Stress

Tips for Managing Back to School Stress

Any transition can create stress, and going back to school is a big transition for teens. At the start of the school year, they may be navigating a mixture of social anxiety, academic pressure, disrupted routines, unfamiliar situations, and other challenges, all at once. Whether they are excited, anxious, or…

Why Are Loneliness Rates Increasing?

Why Are Loneliness Rates Increasing?

Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., according to Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. In May, Murthy’s office released a sobering report which stated, “Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation has been an underappreciated public health crisis that has harmed individual and societal health. Our relationships are a source…

The Rise in Loneliness and What to Do About It

The Rise in Loneliness and What to Do About It

2023 marked the release of a public health advisory unlike any other in history. Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community calls out the profound impact of loneliness on mental and physical health, with a special focus…

Why Self-love is So Important for Teens

Why Self-love is So Important for Teens

Self-love includes “radical honesty, positive habit building, and unconditional self-acceptance,” writes poet and author Yung Pueblo. If a single quality could ensure teens’ lifelong mental, physical and emotional well-being, it just might just be the ability to love themselves. That’s because self-love gives teens tools to conquer self-doubt, practice self-acceptance…

5 Strategies to Encourage Self-Compassion With Your Teen

5 Strategies to Encourage Self-Compassion With Your Teen

Did you know that one of the top causes of teen stress is negative thoughts and feelings about themselves? Neurological, biological and social changes during adolescence make teens more self-conscious, and that can quickly lead to self-judgment and self-criticism. To stop the cycle, teach your teen how to practice self-compassion.…

How the Pandemic is Still Impacting Your Teen

How the Pandemic is Still Impacting Your Teen

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of people of all ages, but teens were hit especially hard. According to the CDC, more than a third of high school students (37%) reported they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 44% reported persistent feelings…

Understanding How Self-Care Supports Your Teen’s Success

Understanding How Self-Care Supports Your Teen’s Success

Self-care is a term that’s overused and easily misunderstood. So what is it exactly? According to the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, self-care is not about bubble baths and pedicures. “Self-care refers to intentionally engaging in practices and activities that reduce stress… It can look really different for different people.”…

The Science of Belonging and Connection

The Science of Belonging and Connection

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people,” says researcher and author Brené Brown. “We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.” Belonging is important at every age, but it’s especially important for tweens and teens.…

How Healthy Habits Address Stress, Anxiety and Pressure

How Healthy Habits Address Stress, Anxiety and Pressure

Tweens and teens today are under intense pressure. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, adolescent stress levels top those of adults, and the National Institute of Mental Health reports that 32% of teens will experience an anxiety disorder. And while the pandemic exacerbated already-high levels of teen…

How Healthy Habits Build Confidence

How Healthy Habits Build Confidence

Confident people make it look so easy. They believe in and trust themselves. They speak up without fear of rejection. Their body language and tone of voice says, “I’ve got this.” But where does that confidence come from? Some people are naturally more confident than others, but experts agree that…

How Healthy Habits Help Teens Navigate Transitions

How Healthy Habits Help Teens Navigate Transitions

Imagine that you’re an explorer about to journey into unfamiliar territory. You have no idea what challenges you’ll face, so you need to fill your pack with tools to help you stay safe and find your way. Adolescence is a lot like that: exciting, scary, and full of transitions. And…

5 Ways to Build Healthy Habits

5 Ways to Build Healthy Habits

Hey, how are those New Year’s resolutions going? If you’ve lost momentum, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Statista, only 22% of respondents said they kept some of their New Year’s resolutions after about a month. We all struggle to stick with healthy habits, but behavior and neuroscience…

The Science of Building Healthy Habits to Protect Mental Health

The Science of Building Healthy Habits to Protect Mental Health

Human beings are creatures of habit. We get out of bed, shower and brush our teeth without thinking about it. We make our coffee the same way, eat the same thing for breakfast and take the same route to work or school. In fact, research shows that about 40% of…

6 Ways for Teens to Stop Comparing Themselves to Others

6 Ways for Teens to Stop Comparing Themselves to Others

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and felt like everyone is better dressed, making more money, and having more fun than you? Comparing is human nature. According to Social Comparison Theory, a big part of our identity is shaped by how we think we measure up to others. But teenagers…

Why Teens Need Routine

Why Teens Need Routine

There is no easy answer to the ongoing crisis in teen mental health, but one powerful solution may be found in rethinking how teens’ daily lives are structured. Research suggests that stable routines support teens’ overall mental health and well-being, while a lack of routine makes them more vulnerable. A…

How to Help Your Teen Develop Healthy Habits

How to Help Your Teen Develop Healthy Habits

The teen years are prime time for developing healthy habits. As teens learn to navigate the world and make independent choices, their brains form patterns of thought and behavior. Over time those patterns– including healthy and not-so-healthy ones– become habitual. Habits are often formed unintentionally, but with a little awareness,…

How Gratitude Impacts Teen Mental Health

How Gratitude Impacts Teen Mental Health

What if you could give your teen a secret inner strength to raise their confidence, protect their mental health, and ensure lifelong access to optimism? Positive psychology researchers say you can, and that secret strength is gratitude. Studies show that practicing gratitude causes lasting changes in the brain that are…

Understanding the Impact of Social Media

Understanding the Impact of Social Media

Parenting teens has never been an easy job, but today’s technology contributes new challenges that leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. According to a 2020 Pew Research survey, two-thirds of parents say parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, citing technology in general and social…

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