with Alla Kesser



Etiquette, Style, and International Protocol

Getting Your Cool On: A Teen's Guide to Tackling Social Events
with Swag

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.


Nailing Social Interactions: Harnessing the Power of Etiquette and
Good Manners

Connecting with others—through friendships, family ties, dating, or professional networks—is what knits us into the fabric of society. Moreover, our ability to express ourselves clearly is key to succeeding in both our personal and professional lives. A secret weapon is within everyone’s grasp in this intricate web of connections: etiquette and manners.

While etiquette might seem like some dusty relic from your grandparents' generation, it's an evolving toolkit for social success. It lays down the ground rules for being respectful and thoughtful, guiding us through the dizzying maze of relationships and communications with poise and understanding.

Pumping Up Physical Fitness and Etiquette: A Holistic Approach to
Teen Health

Looking after your health isn't just about dodging sickness--it's way more than that. Talking about being healthy and fit as teens is a mix of eating right, keeping your bodies moving, getting enough sleep, and maintaining neatness and cleanliness. It's crucial to grasp what good nutrition means when you're a teen - it's not about being the next MasterChef but loading up on the real superheroes, such as, fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and complex carbs. For the most part steer clear of sugary junk foods and bloating sodas. Of course, we’re only human, and we do have sweet tooth cravings. So, it’s okay to indulge in a guilty pleasure now and again, especially to reward yourself for accomplishing a particular goal or milestone.

Staying active and maintaining fitness isn't about becoming an Olympic athlete overnight. It can be as simple as playing your favorite sport, jogging, dancing to your favorite music, or just taking a leisurely walk. Regular exercise helps control your weight, boosts your immunity, amps up endorphins, which also elevates mood, and even improves your grades!

Navigating Teen Life: The Coolest Guide to Manners and Etiquette
in Sexual Health Education

Let's chat about a hot topic crucial for teens today -- sexual health education. It's way more than the birds and the bees, and covers important things like understanding consent, (“no” really means “no”), practicing safe sex, and recognizing LGBTQ+ rights. Today's complex social scene requires us to handle these issues with sensitivity and maturity. But here's a game changer - good old etiquette and manners. These aren't just about saying “please” and “thank you” but also guiding us to interact with respect and thoughtfulness.

Understanding consent is a big deal. It's about mutual respect, clear communication, and setting and agreeing on boundaries before any intimate stuff even starts. This is where etiquette really steps up to the plate. It reminds us to respect others' boundaries and feelings. It helps us find the words to express our comfort level and get clear on someone else's. All this can avoid misunderstandings and any unwelcome and uncomfortable situations.