It is a time to have interesting life experiences and start to explore the possibilities that are available and that await them in life.
All relationships have ebbs and flows. Patience and diligence in working on your relationship can carry you through the ebb and back to the flow.
Try not to let what is missing prevent you from continuing to live your life. Say a little prayer for the absent people you love and wish them well. Then wish yourself well.
For some children this is the first time they have the freedom to make all their own life choices, and some struggle with bad choices and poor boundaries.
If marijuana use has become a problem for you or you are using marijuana to treat a mental illness, you would probably benefit from psychotherapy. Many of the therapists in our community can be found listed on the North Coast Association of Mental Health Professionals website at ncamhp.org. You can even search for therapists on this website who specialize in substance abuse treatment if that is what you need.
Doing things simply because you enjoy them helps balance out all the energy you put into the things you do because you have to. So make sure your life is a journey that you are enjoying and not just something you are trying to get through. Make a list of the things that feed your soul and try to do at least one of them every day.
Exercise is actually one of those great cure-alls. It helps improve your physical health, reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improves your mood. The general guideline is ½ hour to an hour of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, most or all days of the week.
I recently heard that we are having a problem with adolescent heroin use in Arcata. I was shocked and saddened by this news. I know some experimentation is normal, but heroin is a hard core drug and leads to significant dependency and addiction issues. Around the same time, a family brought their 14 year old daughter…
If you suspect your child may be experiencing abuse, then make sure you are providing a safe place for your child to talk about what they are thinking and experiencing, and make sure your child knows that you will provide a reasonable and rational response to whatever they tell you (children know this through experience, so make sure to set the precedent early).