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Manage stress as a teen

How to manage stress and anxiety (as a teen) 

 

Hey teens!! we’re being tossed a lot of information that we cant handle! Or can we?

We’re constantly overwhelmed with grades,  Confusing homework and figuring out our future. Plus all the million other things we have to deal with OUTSIDE of school!   School is the #1 Culprit for Teen Stress- which makes a TON of sense! We’re judged so harshly for our work even if try our best and in the end our knowledge is determined on a piece of paper.

U.S teens are more stressed than adults

It’s important as a youth today that we know how to balance everything in life and not let one thing take over the other, especially the questionable people in power with P’s controlling our country, killing the environment, deporting people who know America as their home- I can go on and on. And in the end, what they do is going to be in our hands. It is not fair that these billionaires get to pollute this earth and destroy it because of greed and its up to us to fix it.

Here are some things we can do to take a breath and relax- We deserve it!

MOVE YOUR BODY!!

Whether its yoga, skating with your buddies or even walking your dog around the block. Engaging in physical activity is proven to reduce stress by an immense amount. Exercising not only relaxes you it boosts confidence, improves complexion and mood, it will help  you get a great nights rest! So when you’re feeling upset and angry like you want to scream, go for a nice walk outside and you will feel better.

REACH OUT!!

Even if you don’t think so. There will always be people who want to listen and help no matter what. It’s not the end of the world and things always get better. When you feel like no one cares or wants to listen to you your wrong. Think of a friend, family member or someone you really trust, give them a call and tell them whats up, you will feel much better after getting it off your chest. Getting social support from people you care about is vital and a great stress reliever.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND REMEMBER YOUR STRENGTHS

We must always remember that in order to really do our best, we must first take care of ourselves. An example of this would be

1.)Hygiene: When you’re bombarded with work it’s often easy to forget to take a shower or brush your teeth you might be going everywhere in your PJ’s too. That will just stress ya out even more! Taking care of yourself and looking “presentable” (i.e: NOT smelling like a garbage can in your PJ’s) will make you feel better and determined to get the work done!

2.) Mindfulness: Too many thoughts running through your head at once? Writing down your thoughts will help clear your mind so you focus on the task at hand. It’s also a form of meditation which also helps too, taking 5 minutes to sit, close your eyes and forget about school, work and everything that is stressing you out will help you regroup and feel better.

Always remember everything you do and love doing, find out a way to help others with this and do it even more, if you love animals, volunteer at an animal shelter or if you admire painting go to an art class, Put  what you love to do before what you have to do and those stresses will seem like nothing. Because in the end its what you love that matters no matter what.

Here are some great sources that all teens should know about!

1.) TEEN LINE. Do you need help working something out? Do you want to talk to someone who understands, like another teen? https://teenlineonline.org is the place to go!

2.)BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. A great place and a safe space to make friends and have fun! Click here!

3.) VOLUNTEER:  Volunteering at a local senior center or youth group is great! Not only will you meet new people, get volunteer hours and have fun. Volunteering  is a great learning experience all around!

Why is school stressing me out?  – what is it about school that is causing this stress?  Is it necessary? What is the end result of stress? your health. Is it worth it? Comment below or write me about what you feel! 

 

( I do not own any of the pictures in this post. )

ECO DOG WASH AND CARE LA

The xmas tree is up! The bed is being made for the boarding dogs
The xmas tree is up! The bed is being made for the boarding dogs

I am extremely grateful to say that my first official job is with the ECO DOG WASH AND CARE LA.  Eco dog is green certified business and uses only natural, Vegan, eco friendly, biodegradable and cruelty free products with a range  from aloe vera and avocado infused simply bath spray  to  peppermint, cedar, geranium & lemongrass to argan oil, coconut-derived cleanser, jojoba, lavender and myrrh in their Simply Clean Shampoo. All of eco dogs products not only make your dog smell good using only natural ingredients but the formulas made also to naturally repel fleas & ticks.

 

IMG_1154Before i started working at eco dog i had been taking both my dogs (medium sized yellow lab and small tibetan terrier) for either a self wash or groom for years! Their prices are wonderful! Did i mention that its only $32 for a full day of cage free care! where the dogs play all day with each other and staff. When the dogs are boarding (staying over night) they are with a staff member at all times, get fed a natural healthy vegan dinner with no artificial flavor or colors (Im telling ya! the pups at eco dog eat healthier than me! ) and sleep in huge human beds with conforters and pillows.

 

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I absolutley reccomend eco dog to anyone with a doggy! Whether it be big or small they are all accepted and treated with immense care and respect. Eco dog takes in dogs that were found on the street too with no home, abused and broken yet whenever i come in for work those dogs are filled with joy and love for the care that the dogs revieve is outstanding, i had never even heard of a dog care or wash that takes care of them as much as eco dog does.IMG_1153

Eco Dog Wash started in 2010 by Owner Karen

“I started this business because I love dogs and know that other dog lovers want eco-smart, eco-friendly options for self-wash, grooming, daycare & boarding services right here in our neighborhood.

I’ve lived here for over 20 years and am deeply committed to this community and doing what I can to support ecologically sound practices. In every aspect of the store operations we strive to be as clean and green as possible.”

IMG_1140Working at eco dog and seeing how much Karen cares for these dogs and making sure that they are safe and happy no matter where they came from has inspired me even more to do whatever i can to help doggies be happy and healthy!

and is located off of Pico and Genesee in Pick-fair village (Mid-City).

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They are open

MONDAY to FRIDAY    7 – 7
 
SATURDAY                 10 – 5
 
SUNDAY                     11 – 4 (last self wash bath is at 3)

 

To find out more about eco dogs amazing products click here

 

And to find out about thier awesome cage free and eco bath and care services click here 

CIVIC YOUTH LOS ANGELES

Civic Y13708406_10155196874123975_5796923790906072256_oouth Los Angeles is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Where community building, public speaking, effective communication, understanding of local government and ways to contribute and or join your neighborhood council.

 

 Awarded by the Mayor of Los Angeles  for my participation and work in the Civic Youth LA program
Awarded by the Mayor of Los Angeles for my participation and work in the Civic Youth LA program

Civic Youth has taught me many things about community engagement and Neighborhood councils. Any teen should and CAN join there neighborhood council! It is a great way to be involved with the Community and let others be proactive in there neighborhood!

 

Civic Youth LA is free program with the City Of LA and Empower LA  to anyone who applies and gets in from all of over Los Angeles, and teaches 2-3 hour workshops on ​​​Engaging with your Neighborhood Council ,Effective Presentation and Communication, Community Organizing and Outreach, Local Government 101, Service Action Day  and Congress of Neighborhoods: Presentation and Recognition of participants by the Mayor’s Office and EmpowerLA

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In the Effective Presentation and Communication Workshop/ session.

These workshops helped teach us,

  • Public speaking
  • Professional communication
  • Participating in local government
  • Engaging with your Neighborhood Council, including writing Community Impact Statements and organizing Neighborhood clean-ups
  • Effective outreach and community organizing.

Civic Youth

This Program taught me so much yet also i made so many new friends too, every session started off with a breakfast and icebreaker that really made me comfortable with everyone there and exited to start my journey as a CYLA member.

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Civic Youth LA 2016 Logo

My favorite course was Community Organizing 101 Service Project because it really made me realize that not only Can youth really can make a difference in different  communities, but we already have! There is no time to delay. There is no reason to wait until after college. The city and it’s people need our help and ideas now!

Civic Youth has taught me to be very proactive in my community and take initiative when there is none being taken. It has taught me to be more responsible and be a strong leader. When we were organizing our community projects I realized that I had strength as a group organizer and leadership skills. IMG_3054

 

Civic Youth helped me find my passion and what i want to do in life which is help people through Arts Activism and and be of service to The City.

Thank you Civic Youth LA, Empower LA and all the amazing mentors i had the opportunity to meet and work with:   Kimberly Rodriguez, Julienne Chen, Jasmine Elbarbary, Paola Fernadez, Tanya Pineda, Michael Long and Kevin Taylor and more!

 

To Find out more about Civic Youth CLICK HERE! 

Become an Arts Advocate at Your School! Art Saves Lives.

Hey All!

Currently on Center Theatre Groups Student Ambassador program  there are many things i have learned and we have been planning a summit but not just any summit, this summit that my arts advocacy group and i have been planning since November is to let students know that they should have access to the Arts in there schools!!!Ctglogo

 

We will be doing a mix of workshops including a zine making workshop followed by where the arts really are in your community and/or school district! There is much more but your going to have to find out for yourself! Here are the details!

Below is all from CTGS WEBSITE 

Center Theatre Group Arts Advocacy Teen Summit
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11am–3pm

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels | 555 W Temple St, L.A., CA 90012

High school students and rising ninth graders: Are you passionate about the arts? Join other teens for a free daylong event to learn how to be a powerful force for positive change.

    Participants will:

  • Attend workshops on how to advocate for more arts in your school (or whatever else you want to change on your campus!)
  • Contribute to a community art project
  • Build leadership skills
  • Meet other teens who are passionate about the arts
  • Enjoy a free lunch!

The Summit is free, but RSVPs are required. Email StudentBody@CenterTheatreGroup.org with your name, school and grade by May 4, 2016 to reserve your spot.

For more information, contact Felipe Sanchez at 213.972.7587 or StudentBody@CenterTheatreGroup.org. Schools or organizations are welcome to bring groups of students to this event. All workshops are teens-only.

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CTG has taught me a lot whether it be about Theatre, Social Skills, Activism, Leadership, Communication skills and MUCH more!

I hope to see you all there!

Los Angeles Drama Club Benefit for Free Shakespeare in MidCity & Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016

 

Distinguished Actors Perform Opposite Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe

Los Angeles Drama Club Launches its 10th Anniversary Season & 400-Year Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death; Kids across Los Angeles, ages 7 – 17, will Perform Four of the Famed Bard’s Plays

Opening Performance & VIP Reception, April 15th

LADC Embraces Diversity, Features LGBTQ Theme in Play

Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016 Blaire Baron Larsen, Julia Walker Wyson, Los Angeles Drama Club Board of Directors 

Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016 Blaire Baron Larsen, Julia Walker Wyson, Los Angeles Drama Club Board of Directors and Staff with Guest Actors Alex Kingston, Diedrich Bader, Sam Pancake

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Blaire Baron, Kila Packett and Will Gressman
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Blaire Baron with Deidrich Bader, Guest Actor (Veep, Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite )

 

LOS ANGELES —

Following in the footsteps of Mayor Eric Garcetti who recited Shakespeare for LA Drama Club’s last fundraiser, celebrated Hollywood actors will soon take the stage opposite the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare troupe on April 15 to launch the 10th season of the Los Angeles Drama Clubbi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.

For the kick-off VIP Party, children, ages 7-17, from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform a light show, opposite distinguished actors, Royal Shakespeare Co member, Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from the Shakespeare’s plays.  Guests will enjoy music, food, drinks and table-side Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA runs from April 16-May 5 and coincides this year with the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays headlined feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness…

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My mom and students
My mom and students
Shakespeare Youth Festival, LA 2016
Shakespeare Youth Festival, LA 2016

 

 

The historic and picturesque Club Fais Do Do in West Adams will open the Festival with Shakespeare’s

Comedy of Errors and close with the epic Pericles at Club Fais Do Do. “Pericles showcases some of our

newest Mid-City actors who are having a great adventure exploring the world and portraying kings and

queens, sorcerers, evil guardians, a long-lost child, pirates and a mermaid,” comments Co-Artistic

Director Julia Walker Wyson. She goes on to state, “Young actors have been gathering from across the

city for 10 years to experience the magnificent language and timeless themes of Shakespeare. It is so

gratifying to see new students develop a passion for Shakespeare and theater. You will be amazed at what

a child can accomplish when you remove the limits!”

The Club Fais Do Do performances showcase LADC’s Shakespeare in the City program. Started in the Mid-City West Adams area in 2011, Shakespeare in the City offers free/low-cost classes, summer camps, and performances to the community. “We are so grateful to the neighborhood councils for welcoming and supporting Shakespeare in the City,” says Larsen, a Mid-City resident. “MINC was the first neighborhood council to offer its support, and they have been invaluable to the growth of our programs.”

WHO: Hollywood Celebs take the stage with the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe

WHAT: VIP Party, Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.

WHEN: Friday, April 15

             7 p.m. – Doors open/wine reception ● 8 p.m. – Show

WHERE: Lyric Theatre & Voila , 518-520  N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles

Some performances at Club Fais Do-Do, 5253 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles.

For more information and tickets ($150 each), visit: www.losangelesdramaclub.com

Event sponsors are: Showtime Networks, Lyric Theatre, Voila Studio and Danielle & Ernie Del.

The festival is an officially recognized event in 2016 of BritWeek (www.britweek.org). Funded through grants and donations, Los Angeles Drama Club is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the MidCity Neighborhood Council (MINC).

About Los Angeles Drama Club:

Launched in 2004, the Los Angeles Drama Club (LADC), an award-winning, Los Angeles-based youth arts and literacy organization, creates the opportunity for young people to experience exceptional artistic experiences – immersed in the works of Shakespeare – in their own communities and neighborhoods. More than 100 children, many of them from underserved communities and some with handicaps, travel from across Los Angeles to participate in and stage five to six full productions each year.  The troupe also brings the Bard to senior centers, libraries and public spaces. LADC’s arts programs have earned recognition as a PBS Community Champion and a top rating from Great Non-Profits.