With everything constantly going on around us, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, and overcome with emotion. These emotions can quickly turn into negative feelings and thoughts, affecting every area of your life. But using positive reinforcement in various aspects of your life will help you be more positive, patient, and happier. I will briefly explain what positive reinforcement is, how you can use it daily, and the benefits and effects of positive reinforcement.
We have all heard of negative reinforcement, which basically alludes to rewarding negative behavior. But what is positive reinforcement? Positive reinforcement is rewarding a particular behavior, making it highly likely that this behavior will happen again. For example, suppose you show up to your class on time every week, and as a reward, your instructor adds 20 points to your grade. As a result, you're more likely to continue showing up on time or even early because you were rewarded positively for this behavior.
Next, how can you use positive reinforcement in your daily life? You can reward yourself. So if you accomplish your 2 biggest tasks for the day, maybe you will buy yourself a new pair of shoes or purchase a new game system you've been saving up for. Since you accomplished them, it is more likely that you will continue to perform more significant tasks because you know there will be some form of a reward. Using positive reinforcement will not always result in physical and tangible rewards, sometimes they can be natural or social reinforcers. Natural reinforcements are a direct result of your behavior, so just accomplishing a task that you have been procrastinating can be positive reinforcement because you have completed the task. Social reinforcements are from people around you, such as family, friends, and teachers who will say "Great Job" or "Keep up the Good Work!"
Lastly, what are some of the benefits and effects of using positive reinforcement in your life? Negative energy will be reduced because your efforts are not being used there. You will feel validated because you did something right, so you want to be rewarded for that behavior, whether verbal or tangible.
In conclusion, positive reinforcement is a great tool to practice creating a healthy and positive change in behavior. It can be yours or your child's, but this is an effective way to promote positive behavior and reduce giving into negative energy. Understanding, implementing, and practicing positive reinforcement can have a wonderful and positive change in your life and future.
It's summertime now, and with most places open for business as usual, you're more likely to see people out and about. With this, you'll be subjected to more Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook notifications to bombard and overwhelm you with all the cool quarantine outings that are occurring. With this can come a flood of emotions, including anxiety and depression. As adolescents and teenagers, it's easy to feel like you are missing out on so many things, but the fact is, you aren't. These feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed and anxious could be warning signs of depression. This article will help you further understand these feelings and how to cope with them.
Depression can be brought on by anything, especially in the booming world of social media. Social media has made it extremely easy for anyone to feel less than these days. You may think that you aren't as beautiful, handsome, or rich as someone else on social media, and it has the potential to create an ungrateful attitude toward who and what you are. Unfortunately, behavior like this can cause depression and anxiety. But you have the power to change and improve yourself.
Most of the time, it can be very easy to look at other people and think that they have more than you or are better than you. But that's not the case. We are all unique, and our journeys will all be different. It's okay to congratulate others on their accomplishments without feeling down or tearing them down. Take a break from social media to rest your mind, focus on yourself and your goals. Be patient with yourself, be realistic with your goals, and don't put a timeline on your life. You're working as hard as you can and as best as you can, so be gracious and kind to yourself.
In conclusion, sometimes we lose sight of our accomplishments or feel we aren't good enough. But comparing yourself to others around you won't make you feel better, and it's unfair to yourself. Live your life the way you intend it to and follow the path you've already chosen for yourself. You are unique; you are here for a purpose, so embrace your individuality and be the best possible YOU!
Adolescence is filled with a whirlwind of challenges, from bodily changes and social pressures to academic stress. For some teenagers, panic attacks might be a new reaction to these issues. A panic attack is a sudden and sharp rise in anxiety accompanied by physical symptoms, such as a racing heart or queasy stomach. The visceral symptoms are an adaptive response to the perception of danger. As an educator or parent, it is critical to understand this anxiety so you can help an adolescent cope with the experience. Read on to learn about the reactions that accompany a panic attack and how to manage them.
Anxiety is a sense of nervousness, uneasiness, fear or dread of what is about to happen or what might transpire. It can be mild or intense, depending on the teen and the situation. For minors having a panic attack for the first time, it can feel strange, scary and confusing. The experience may start with a tightening in the chest, which can make it hard to breathe. In addition, the entire body might begin to shake, and excessive sweating or blurred vision may follow.
Comforting a teen during or after an attack could help him or her ward off future episodes, especially as he or she understands more about the physical manifestations of anxiety. Have the adolescent take long, deep breaths by inhaling and exhaling for about four seconds each. Deep breathing techniques can relax the body and should pull attention away from anxious or negative thoughts. You can also encourage the teen to practice regular exercise, such as yoga. Physical activity can decrease stress, boost confidence and encourage the body to release endorphins that are vital to overall well-being.
The contributing author for this blog article was Dr. Ram Pardeshi. Dr. Pardeshi is the medical director and psychiatrist at Mindful Urgent Care.
A Positive Approach to Teen Health (P.A.T.H) is a 501(c)3 organization that reaches seven counties throughout Northwest Indiana. Since 1993, A Positive Approach to Teen Health has been working to empower teens to make healthy choices regarding drugs, sex, alcohol, and violence.