As much as we all hoped that our current reality would become magically better when the clock struck midnight on January 1…that didn’t happen. After the 2020 dumpster fire of fear, uncertainty and isolation, it’s no surprise that most of us need a little help getting into a new, healthy frame of mind for the year ahead.
“Teens have faced so much sadness and grief with the pandemic, plus all of the political unrest last year. On top of that, they haven’t been able to hang out with friends or enjoy milestone events that they were looking forward to,” says Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins, associate director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds in Boston. “It’s no wonder teens are probably the most depressed and stressed-out group right now.”
All that said, it *is* possible to see 2021 as the first step on the journey to feeling renewed and centered. By taking small, simple steps, you can get back into your groove…and a healthier frame of mind.
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5 completely honest confessions from Ruth Righi
You know Ruth Righi best as Sydney Reynolds on Disney’s Sydney to the Max (back on Disney Channel for a third season starting March 19). And while the 15-year-old actually has a lot in common with her onscreen alter ego (to start, they're both biracial and amazing bass players), we decided it was time to dig even deeper. Below are five brutally honest, real-life confessions straight from Ruth herself.