Build Strength and Confidence
Is your teen feeling alone, lost or having difficulty dealing with stress at home or school? Is your teen struggling with relationships? Are you seeing your teen turn to drugs or alcohol? Teens today are exposed to a lot of stressors that were’nt as prevelant a decade ago. When stressors build up, teens may isolate themselves, turn to substances or fall into peer pressure as coping mechanisms to fit in or escape.
Our program offers support for:
- Stress Management
- Goal Setting
- Building Confidence
- Building Relationships
- Taking Control
- Building Resiliency
The Benefits of Exercise for Teens
There is a reason many counselors, doctors and psychologists perscribe exercise for their patients. Exercise has been proven to provide known benefits for physical and mental health such as increased energy, better sleep, improved cardiac health, anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger, substance abuse and blood pressure control.
Twenty-five percent of teens experience anxiety and depression instead of optimal wellness. According to researchers, a negative mood, which is frequently associated with depression, anxiety, anger, and fatigue, improved after exercise (U.S. DHHS, 2008). Exercise, combined with psychoeducation gives teens a supportive environment to work on their overall health at one place/time.
The Benefits of Group Support
Support Groups allows for participants to bond, express their apprehensions, feel understood, and help with self-discovery. Group support is particularly beneficial to adolescents who want a safe place to express uncertainties, worries, and fears. A group setting helps clients realize that they share similar connections and concerns with their peers and not feel so alone.
Exercise provides an environment for teens to take risks and build confidence in their successes which can be applied outside of the gym. According to Smitts and Otto’s n.d. study (as cited in Weir, 2011), exercise may mimic exposure treatment which helps clients to learn to associate symptoms of stress with safety instead of danger. Exercise assists in regulating the sympathetic nervous system, which leads to a decrease in panic when experiencing flight of fight reactions (Smitts& Otto n.d., as cited by Weir, 2011). Shared pain in group exercise, also increases group bonding with those who experience cooperation and work through difficulties together which promotes relationship building in and out of the gym.
What Does a session look like?
Every class offers psychoeducation that is applicable and relevant to the issues teens face. Teens learn about concepts such as recognizing emotions, taking control/letting go, stress management techniques, goal setting, tactics for communication, building relationships, dealing with bullies, establishing bondaries and much more. Coaches use worksheet, videos and activities to help teens learn and work through the concepts taught each week.
Coaches help teens into practice the concepts they learn, in the safe environment, through fitness. Workouts provide a modality for teens to practice what they have learned. Whether it is positive self talk, goal setting, communication or risk taking, workouts challenge teens to address their weaknesses and build confidence in their successes.
Shared experiences and challenges create faster boding amongst a group where teens often feel like they share more of what is going on in their lives. Group sharing allows teens to process what they learned in session as well as what is going on in their lives. Teens build relationships by investing in each other, creating trust and working on communication skills.
Mindfulness / Spiritual Application (Some classes)
The end of class will offer a 5-10 minute mindfulness component to achieve all aspects of wellness. Mindfulness has been proven to help relieve stress, reduce rumination, enhance emotional regulation and increase cognitive function. Some of our sessions include biblical scripture (always optional) for those that find healing through their faith.
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