Dorm Essentials : Helping Your College Kid Have a Healthy Mindset

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Remember how FUN starting college was but also so overwhelming to navigate! Our teens are faced with even greater social pressures with the added element of social media access. This generation experiences a social pressure and presence we did not have.

Even if you think they don't listen to you, deep in your heart, you know they are. While we have been training them up for these past 18 years, it's still important to send them off with reminders to help them prioritize the well-being of their minds even if they think they already know it all. Past the eye rolls you know are coming, they need these highlights as they walk into the new open doors....and so do YOU!

Our thoughts impact how we view our current reality, influencing how we perceive and interact with the world, and those around us, including our college-bound teen. Along with prayer, incorporating a few simple practices can make a world of difference for them AND for YOU.

These are some simple truths my teen and I discussed as WE prepared for move out day. I pray they are encouragements for you too. It's amazing how easily we can slip away from common sense in times of stress and transition, even when it's all happy things! 

First, start by being mindful of the content you consume. 
Limit exposure to negative news and surround yourself with positive influences. As a believer, staying grounded in The Word is so important and seeking Him first in the day, and in every situation. If you need to set up parent controls on your devices, even as an adult, do it! It's up to YOU to protect YOU from YOU! Also, if you are looking for a Daily Reading Plan, there are tons in the You Version app, and they are all free!! 

Second, pay attention to the people you surround yourself with. 
Our friends can take us from one mood to another with just a text, or a look. They can lead us to Christ, or away from Him. Our teens may not have experiences unequally yoked friendships yet so this is a good time to be reminded of the value of like-minded friends and how powerfully they can help us stay steadfast and grounded in the Ways of Christ. Praying for the circle of influence around them, around us, their teachers and our own mentors, our friends and their friends helps us keep God in the midst of our relationships.Then, we can trust those open and closed doors when they come.

Next, taking our "vitamins!" 
It is super important in order to think clearly and have a healthy brain for processing but one of the most forgotten Vitamins is G : Gratitude. Practice gratitude daily. Taking time to appreciate the good things in life helps rewire our brains for optimism.  College is hard for EVERYONE and it will be important to take those deep breaths and think clearly before making quick decisions! Some things take time to get adjusted to and remember, you can do all things with Him!!

Community Connections and Connecting to Self:
Engaging in activities that promote movement and positivity like prayer, dancing, exercise, worship, meditation, outdoor experiences, endless fun hobbies, or journaling, can aid in centering our thoughts and reducing stress. creating playlists in Spotify or other music apps is fun to be able to share with others too!

We cannot forget Mindfulness. 
Guard your heart and mind and renew them daily. Essential oils, good supplements, good friends, a healthy mindset, God's Word & Worship can complement our efforts, providing natural support for relaxation and mental clarity. Embrace the journey to a happier and healthier you with staying close to the Lord, surrounding yourself with great friends and being thankful and grateful! 

Blessings and Heart Hugs,
Michele


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Michele