In a world of uncertainty and many unknowns, how we spend our free time is essential to our mental health. While we are at home it is important for us and our teens to find enjoyable activities to support our happiness.
Currently there are so many things outside of our control due to COVID-19, one thing we do have control over is how we spend our time at home. Focusing on what we can control can decrease stress and overwhelm. You can balance our day-to-day responsibilities with pleasant activities. One thing you can do to improve your mood during stressful time is to increase pleasant activities that promote positive emotions.
HOW TO INCREASE POSITIVE ACTIVITIES?
Make a plan to do one thing you enjoy each day. If you are feeling unmotivated, start small. One way to increase motivation is by engaging in pleasant activities. Maybe setting a reminder on your phone to do something you enjoy everyday. This could be:
Walking the dog
Connecting with friends online
Creating funny memes
Playing a video game
Going for a hike
As teens begin to incorporate these enjoyable activities into their day, it will improve their mood both in the short and long-term.
You can help your teen come up with ideas for pleasant activities by thinking about what is important to them. What do they enjoy and value? This will give the experience meaning and have a larger impact on their mood.
Help your teen plan for long-term success by adding positive experiences into their daily routine.