New Antidote for Teen Angst

Why do so many of us experience teen angst so deeply?

Probably because we’re not trained or equipped to deal with the emotional realities of adolescence.  Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as “EQ,” is the ability to appraise, express and regulate emotions. Over the past decade, the idea that these skills positively influence physical as well as psychological well-being has gained momentum.  (If for haven’t read Daniel Goleman‘s books on the topic, check out his website.)

This recent article, published by to the Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health, highlights new research supporting the notion that building emotional intelligence is a crucial life skill.   In the case of kids, learning to use more emotional intelligence may help prevent them from doing so many of the risky things that tempt teens, such as drug use or promiscuity. What’s more, improved EQs could help students cope with classic  issues and conflicts related to growing up, including fear, stresses and relationships.  (Think back. Is high school about anything besides fear, stress and relationships?)

Teens who received emotional intelligence training in school had improved scores on several measures of emotional well-being, including less anxiety, depression and social stress…(more)

Related content from alternahealthgrrrl:  Real Stress Relief

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