Positively Teenage contains loads of references to resources, which are below, along with many others.
First, some things for your school
- FREE Positively Teenage teaching notes, especially good if you have booked me for a visit but also useful if you haven’t!
- A Flourish postcard is here
- On the left is a “Flourish” poster
- And here is an A4 version with a space for each student to write something about how they looked after their brain and body today
- There is a POSITIVELY TEENAGE poster for schools
- If you’d like a poster about my other well-being books, go HERE
- I enclose free postcards and posters with any books or teaching materials you buy from my website. I also bring them to school events and conferences.
My own resources
Click here for the “How Positively Teenage Are You?” survey. This is the quiz I refer to on Page 23 of the book. If you’re 10-18 years old, please do fill this in. I’m fascinated to know your opinions.
Click here if you’re a teacher, other professional, parent or other relative, for my other free resources and particularly see the one on adolescence.
My classroom materials are great ways to teach young people how to manage their own well-being. They get lots of praise from teachers for their range and value. Brain Sticks is the bigger resource but Stress Well for Schools might suit you better as it focuses only on stress.
For my books aimed directly at young people, click here. (You can buy signed copies.) Blame My Brain is the one that directly explains teenage brain changes. The Teenage Guide to Friends, has sections on making friends, keeping friends, and walking away if it’s not working for you. And The Teenage Guide to Stress is the obvious starting point for a stressed teenager. (Mind you, Positively Teenage is trying to prevent that!) And for everything related to online well-being, look out for The Teenage Guide to Life Online, also published on May 24th.
Reading for Pleasure: the Reading Brain section of my website has lots of links to research and resources. Or, for Readaxation, put “readaxation” into the search box.
Brain pathways: In the book, I talk about how we build pathways in the brain and how each time you have the same thought, you make it easier to have that thought again because you make the pathways stronger. I mention that on my website there’s a Powerpoint presentation that neatly demonstrates this idea. It’s in the post called Positive Pathways in Your Brain and the new URL is: www.nicolamorgan.com/wellbeing-and-stress-management/positive-pathways-brain-practical-wellbeing/
The Positively Teenage resources (many more in the book)
General resources for young people
Agnes – the life guide for girls. I think this is an awesome site and I wish I could find something for boys: agnesforgirls.com/
Health for Teens: www.healthforteens.co.uk
Kids Health: kidshealth.org/en/teens
General resources for parents
The Parenting Place: www.theparentingplace.com/ (NZ)
School A to Z – (Australian) It covers all ages but the sections on Wellbeing and on Home and study could be useful for parents of teenagers: www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/home
Your teenage body
Aimed at girls: www.girlshealth.gov/body/index.html
Aimed at boys: www.youngmenshealthsite.org
Aimed at all: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/puberty/Pages/puberty-signs.aspx
Media Smart has a brilliant resource aimed at boys but also useful for girls: mediasmart.uk.com/resources/teaching-resources/body-image-1
PBS Parents on raising a girl with positive body image: www.pbs.org/parents/parenting/raising-girls/body-image-identity/raising-a-girl-with-a-positive-body-image/
Kids Health for teenagers: kidshealth.org/en/teens/body-image.html
Kids Health for parents: kidshealth.org/en/parents/body-image.html
Quiet Power: Growing Up as an Introvert in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – a book aimed at young people, parents and schools, especially focusing on being an introvert in school
The Quiet Revolution website, with advice and stories for introverts and extroverts on how to appreciate our quiet sides: www.quietrev.com/
A good and detailed look at what it means being introverted or extroverted: www.thedebrief.co.uk/news/opinion/introvert-extrovert-what-does-it-mean-20160463230
This is a nice interview with Susan Cain, aimed at parents of introverted teenagers, but I think there’s lots in it for young people, too: http://yourteenmag.com/family-life/communication/susan-cain-introverted
Feeling shy – a couple of reassuring looks at shyness and social phobia:
A useful webpage with advice directed at young people, from Child and Youth Health: www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetails.aspx?p=243&np=293&id=2198
Build a growth mindset
Matthew Syed’s TED talk encouraging people to acknowledge failure and confront mistakes to promote progression:
Carol Dweck talks about “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset”. Both these pages are aimed mostly at adults, with the second one particularly at teachers: http://big-change.org/growth-mindset-research-2/ and www.mindsetworks.com/science/
Notice “what went well”
Here’s a link to Martin Seligman’s “Three Blessings” exercise.
On the Action for Happiness website there is a great set of resources and ideas.
Healthy weight and BMI: kidshealth.org/en/teens/bmi.html
Healthy eating, from the NHS: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/healthy-eating-teens.aspx and from Kids Health: kidshealth.org/en/teens/food-fitness/
Be active (many more links inPositively Teenage)
From the NHS: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/whybeactive.aspx and from Kids Health: kidshealth.org/en/teens/exercise-wise.html
The Brainflux website details many benefits to exercise and links to research for each, including improving willpower, concentration, memory and sleep: thebrainflux.com/brain-benefits-of-exercise/
Some links to research about sedentary behaviour from this NHS page: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/sitting-and-sedentary-behaviour-are-bad-for-your-health.aspx
World Health Organisation guidelines: www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_young_people/en/
Ideas for exercising without going to a gym or playing organised sport, from the NHS: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/Getfitwithoutgym.aspx
Sleep Well (many more resources about the benefits in Positively Teenage)
From Kids Health: kidshealth.org/en/teens/tips-sleep.html?WT.ac=p-ra
Aimed at parents, from the NHS: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Childrenssleep/Pages/teensleeptips.aspx
Aimed at teenagers and including sections on nightmares and bad dreams, from Young Minds: youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/sleep-problems/
National Sleep Foundation webpages for teenagers: sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/teens-and-sleep
Distraction – A really good article aimed at teenagers on Teen Ink: www.teenink.com/hot_topics/what_matters/article/781313/Digital-Distraction/
Ideas to help us all manage screen time well: healthykidshealthyfuture.org/5-healthy-goals/reduce-screen-time/resources/ and from the BBC: www.bbc.com/future/story/20131010-lose-the-phone-reclaim-your-life
Do let me know if you come across any sites or pages or books you highly recommend. I can’t promise to include them but I would love the chance to see them and perhaps add them to this page.