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4 Ways to Engender a Positive Outlook in Your Teenager

It’s tough being a teen. Having to deal with societal expectations, the physical, emotional, and mental changes of growing up, and dealing with peer pressure at school is hard. It can also be hard for a teenager to have a positive outlook on life. However, with a little encouragement and a few key strategies, you can engender a positive outlook in your teen. Read on for four ways to encourage your teen to look at life differently.

Find Them a Positive Role Model

Teenagers learn by observing. Oftentimes, their attitude comes from whoever they look up to or consider a role model. Use this as an opportunity to introduce a positive role model to your teenager. Find a family friend, relative, or work colleague that your teen can look up to and learn from.

Introduce Positive Self-Talk

It isn’t uncommon for teenagers, and even adults to make a habit out of negative thinking or negative self-talk. This sort of thought pattern results in your teen feeling negatively towards themselves, their body, their performance in school, and their relationships. Encourage positive self-talk by showing your teen to take pride in themselves and their accomplishments. Start by praising them for their good qualities, showing them you are grateful to have them in your life. Demonstrate how they can internalize this self-talk by thinking positively throughout the day.

Listen to Positive Podcasts

Listening to podcasts is an easy way to take your mind off of anything you may be worried about. Show your teenager some age-appropriate, positive podcasts that focus on relaxation, finding joy in life, and being a positive person. Encourage your teen to listen to these podcasts whenever they feel sad, alone, or angry.

Introduce Goal-setting

A negative attitude is often accompanied by a goal-less mindset. Without anything to look forward to in the future, it’s easy to become upset or depressed. Show your teenager how to set short-term and long-term goals. This will give them a way to measure their growth and success as they meet each goal and work toward the next ones.

As with anything in life, a positive mindset must be learned. If you notice that your teenager is overly negative or down, take the time to show them these four strategies for overcoming negativity. With a positive outlook in place, both you and your teen will see real change in your lives.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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