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How to Help Teenagers Get Over Their Fears

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

In a world where anxiety runs high for a wide array of reasons, it is not only adults who feel the pinch. Children, especially teenagers struggle with fears that can have a great impact on numerous facets of their life, from school results and relationships to physical and mental health. Studies have shown that teens experience fear even after the threat has been removed from their environment. Thus, it is important to help them deal with their fears in a healthy way to successfully get over them.

Here’s where to start:

1. Show understanding

The best way to start helping your teenager face their fears is by understanding what it is they are feeling. Give them an example that they can relate to which demonstrates how you need to face the fear in order to lose the fear of it. For example, if a teen is afraid of water that wants to spend time with his friends at the pool, he needs to face the fear and get in the water. This will help him to realize that it is safe to get in the water. He will need to practice swimming in order to feel less anxious about the water.

In order to show that you truly understand their fears, tell them about one of your own fears that you worked through and got over. Explain that it takes time and start with small steps to slowly reduce their anxiety.

2. List their Fears

Sometimes teens have a number of fears which are possibly related. Work with them or if they prefer to work alone, allow them to list everything that they fear. Once you have a full list, group the fears into categories. They may be afraid of a number of social situations, such as saying “hello” to a classmate or teacher, raising their hand in class to ask a question, or even to make new friends.

3. Exposure

Once you have a complete list and categories, start working through them one at a time, starting slowly. With the examples above, start by encouraging them to simply say “hello”. Once the begin feeling less anxious about this fear, move on to the next one. It’s important that you remain patient with them and encourage them gently. If your teen is afraid of learning to drive, start off by letting them simply sit in the driver’s seat with the engine running. Progress to letting them roll forward along a deserted road or parking lot. Only once they are able to move up and down the road comfortably, let them drive on quieter roads and slowly advance to busier traffic.

4. Goal-Setting

In achieving progress in anything, setting goals is always important. Let your teen think about something they really would like, whether it is a new outfit, a new TV game, a trip to their favorite restaurant. Help them to set minor and major goals. For every small step in overcoming their fear they receive a minor reward, and when they have completely overcome their fear, they receive the major reward. This will help to keep them motivated to keep trying.

Top Tourist Attractions in South Korea

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

South Korea has many incredible tourist destinations. The country offers an interesting blend of traditional and modern attractions. Korea is rich in history, culture, food and technology. Seoul is the primary destination for most of the travelers. There are many other places that offer great experience to visitors. Grab some cheap flight tickets and head to these wonderful spots.

Jeju Island

Jeju Island is also referred to as the “Island of the Gods.” The island is one of the top destinations among the newlywed Koreans. Jeju has a very captivating fusion of volcanic rocks, temperate climate and frequent rains. Visitors can indulge in a number of activities here such as go hiking on the highest peak of South Korea, Halla-san, savor the majestic views of sunrise and sunset over the ocean, catch the lovely waterfalls and lava tubes, enjoy horse-riding or just lie down on the beautiful sandy beaches. The island is also home to several museums such as Bear Museum, Jeju Teddy, Jeju Education Museum, Jeju Independence Museum, Natural History Museum and the Folklore, among many others. The island also has many caves and parks. Travelers can find great offers on Asiana Airlines Flights and Korean Air flights that fly to Jeju throughout the year.

Seoul

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and the economic and political hub of the nation. Architecture admirers will have a great time here discovering the beautiful ancient and modern architecture that makes the city worth exploring. The Korean capital is home to many cultural and historical landmarks. The metropolitan area of the city houses four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, Jongmyo Shrine, Hwaseong Fortress and Changdeok Palace. Some of Seoul’s most prominent landmarks include the Tower Palace, the World Trade Center, N Seoul Tower and the Korea Finance Building.

Haeundae beach – Busan

Busan is a seaport nestled amid numerous beaches. The most scenic of them is Haeundae-beach. It is a popular destination in summer as well as in winter season. In winters, it is a beautiful place to take a stroll, with many seagulls overhead. The beach is frequented by visitors throughout the year as it hosts many beach festivals. The coastline is a popular fishing spot. Haeundae beach is also a popular site to catch the first sunrise of the year on January 1st with about a thousand visitors gathering before dawn.

Gyeongju

Gyeongju is known as “The museum without walls” as the city is home to many historical sites. A particular highlight is the Bulguksa Temple that once featured on its paper money, the old 5,000 won note. Sitting atop a mountain, the temple is one of the finest examples of Korean Buddhist architecture. The ideal time to visit Bulguska is early morning. This 8th century temple is considered a Buddhist art masterpiece.