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Do you have a teenager or are you a teenager yourself? Have you ever felt the pressures and stress of just attempting to be you? Do you find it challenging to manage your stress? Then, UNPLUGGED! A Practical Guide to Managing Teenage Stress in the Digital Age by Oreste J. DAversa is the type of nonfiction guide you need!
This comprehensive guide touches base on several topics to assist teenagers throughout this difficult time period of their lives. It also gives advice and thoughts of finding ways to manage and prevent more stressful moments from happening. The author shares that by spending time in nature, meditating, and finding creative outlets can assist in alleviating stress.
One of the best aspects of this guide is how the author presents the information. It is clear, concise, and there is no room for confusion. In fact, this book will free teenagers and help them take a well-deserved breath. With topics of stress, academic pressures, peer pressure, bullying, social media, political climate, and trauma, DAversa has certainly covered several important areas that can affect a teenager.
Aside from enjoying all seven chapters in this short book, the chapter about trauma is especially intriguing. So many times we think of trauma as something we need to continually discuss, which is extremely important. However, along with these discussions, teenagers (and anyone) may need some space in their own heads to process and heal from what occurred. What better way to do this than to find a creative way to tap into their subconscious? It could be art, music, drama, role-play, writing, or physical exercise. I absolutely love all of these ideas and can see the benefits of being creative while seeking professional help from counselors when it comes to trauma.
The only aspect of this book that would make it even better is a chapter about sexuality. Though it’s been many years since I was a teenager, I can remember how challenging it was for my friends and some classmates to understand their own sexual preferences. This is a very big stressor and one that everyone faces to a certain extent, even if it’s just developing crushes on others. It is also a topic that can be influenced extremely easily for one at such a tender age. As uncomfortable as it may be for some to discuss sexual preferences and sexuality with a teenager, it’s something that is very prominent in a teenager’s life and certainly needs to be addressed. Therefore, if I had one area that could improve this book, it would be to add a chapter on sexuality.
UNPLUGGED! has several positive points. It is well-edited, and the text is both simple and concise. In addition, the author appropriately has written to the intended audience, teenagers and their caregivers. The author even includes a bibliography and summary of each chapter at the end of the book. Therefore, I happily rate UNPLUGGED! A Practical Guide to Managing Teenage Stress in the Digital Age by Oreste J. DAversa 5 out of 5 stars.
Firstly, I would highly recommend this read to all teenagers, whether new or a veteran to the teenage years. Secondly, UNPLUGGED! would be beneficial for parents, care givers, guardians, mentors, and teachers who have at least one teenager in their lives. It will assist the adults in guiding teenagers through this emotional and stressful time period.
UNPLUGGED! A Practical Guide to Managing Teenage Stress in the Digital Age
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