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Getting Your Cool On: A Teen's Guide to Tackling Social Events
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 By Alla Kesser– Etiquette, Style, and International Protocol


Having a healthy mind doesn't just mean dealing with depression or anxiety in a therapist’s view. It's a lot more. Think of your mental health as a G-5 network of multiple streams of connectivity where many different things impact your feelings. One of those factors is how we hang and chill with our friends and families. Out of all the tips and tricks to handle social stress, one golden oldie often gets overlooked from our playlist: etiquette.

First off, let's clear the air. Etiquette isn't a fancy French word for some stuffy list of rules. It's an excellent behavioral code that's all about respect and thoughtfulness. It brings some much needed order and predictability to the wild party we call 'socializing.' If you find social events nerve-wracking, etiquette can be your secret weapon.

The first remarkable thing about etiquette is that it's like a GPS for social conduct, navigating your way through situations that can crush your stress levels. It guides you on many levels: introducing yourself, starting chit-chat, dodging dicey topics, and even making a smooth exit from an uncomfortable conversation. Getting the hang of etiquette means less worrying about messing up, so you can chill and enjoy the event.

The second cool part is that mastering these social norms can pump up your confidence big time. It’ll be like having your own toolkit so you can plow through the social landscape easily. Say goodbye to those awkward moments and hello to a more relaxed you.

Now, if you're the introverted type and you often find yourself breaking out in a sweat at dinners or parties, here are some killer tips for using etiquette to reduce your stress levels:

1. Be a Scout, be prepared: Get to know the basic etiquette for the event you're attending. For a formal dinner, dial up on your table manners, dining etiquette, and dinner talk.

2. Get Your Chat Game On: Small talk is part of any social gig. Make a list of safe and fun topics for conversation. Practice how you'll introduce yourself and keep a conversation rolling.

3. Set Your Limits: Etiquette isn't about making others happy at your expense. If you're uncomfortable it’s perfectly fine to step away from a conversation or situation politely.

4. Stay in the Moment: If you're feeling swamped, pause for a moment to focus on your surroundings. Take a deep breath, enjoy your food, and listen to the music. This can help ground you in the present and ease your nerves.

5. Have a Wingman/Wingwoman: Share your feelings with a trusted friend who will be at the event. Having a supportive friend around can be a source of comfort and relief.

And remember, being an introvert is awesome. Don't feel pressured to fit into the extrovert shaped mold that society pushes. Sometimes, we end up in situations where we’re looking for an emergency escape route. But with etiquette in your arsenal, you can sail through them with grace and style, boosting your mental health and personal growth in the process.

Calming Anxiety in Front of the Lens

 Pro Tools for Aspiring Models

 By Felice Kinnear – Fashion Photojournalist


Bella Hadid, although crowned as the face of Dior and one of Time magazine's most influential people of 2023, grapples with chronic anxiety. According to the Greek ratio of Phi, an ancient measure of symmetry, she’s the most beautiful woman in the world. Yet, when she’s not working, Bella spends her time crying uncontrollably or unable to leave the house ‘crippled with anxiety.’

“I would have really hard episodes and my Mum would ask me how I was doing. Instead of responding in a text I would send a photo,” she recalled. “It was the easiest thing to do at the time because I was never able to put into words how I was feeling. I would just be in excruciating and debilitating pain and I didn’t know why.”

Bella is not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America and affect 40 million people across the nation. According to Vogue magazine, these rates have climbed amid the ongoing global pandemic. The CDC reporting that from August 2020 to February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of anxiety or depression increased from 36.4% to 41.5%.


Rise Above the Ordinary

 By Johanna Silva – Your Success Coach


Whаt іѕ соnfіdеnсе?
Cоnfіdеnсе refers to a роѕіtіvе attitude аbоut уоurѕеlf and your abilities. Cоnfіdеnсе іѕ a wау tо truѕt аnd ассерt уоurѕеlf аnd take control of your lіfе. Yоu аrе able to іdеntіfу уоur strengths аnd wеаknеѕѕеѕ and саn hаvе a роѕіtіvе outlook оn yourself. Yоu саn соmmunісаtе сlеаrlу
аnd effectively, set rеаlіѕtіс gоаlѕ, аnd соmmunісаtе wеll with оthеrѕ. Cоnfіdеnсе іѕ fееlіng соnfіdеnt in уоur abilities аnd уоurѕеlf. Thіѕ dоеѕ nоt mean bеіng аrrоgаnt but rather іn a
realistic, secure mаnnеr. Cоnfіdеnсе doesn't mеаn fееlіng ѕuреrіоr tо оthеrѕ. It is a ԛuіеt іnnеr knоwіng thаt you аrе сараblе.

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