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Newsletter #108 - Healthy snacks with peanut butter; how to deal with difficult coworkers; natural ways to feel energised.

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Posted March 25th 2019 at 03:49 PM by TeenHelp

TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #108 - March 25th 2019 - http://www.teenhelp.org

Welcome to the TeenHelp Newsletter! Our Newsletter contains a lot of useful information about our current work, including updates to our site and services, new resources, details of upcoming events, short bits of advice, interesting links and more!


TeenHelp News

TeenHelp regularly makes changes to its site and services. Some of these are large and noticeable, and others are small and much less so, but each one contributes to the positive development of TeenHelp and how our users experience our community. Below are some of the most recent developments.


Latest Articles (March 5th 2019)

Monday's Not Coming: A review
Monday's Not Coming is a book that shows just how powerful a good friendship can be. In this book, a strong friendship is moved when a friend goes missing. Read this review to decide whether or not you'd like to read the book for yourself.

Is forgiveness necessary to heal from trauma?
Forgiveness, no matter the action, is an important part of life to some people, but not to all. Forgiveness can have different roles and meanings for different people. This article shows this person's perspective on forgiveness in relation to healing from trauma.

7 different foods to pair with pesto
Pesto is a sauce that is usually made from basil leaves, pine nuts, cheese, garlic, and olive oil. While it is a common alternative to other sauces, it can be added to many other foods to enhance the taste. Read this article to find a few of the many foods that be paired with pesto.

A Heart in a Body of the World: A review
The book A Heart in a Body of the World centers around a character named Annabelle who suffered a traumatic experience. To try to cope with her experience, she decides to go on a cross country run. This book emphasizes the importance of a support system when healing from trauma.




TeenHelp works with a range of different organisations and websites in order to help and educate young people. Below is a selection of some of them. For a full list of the organisations we work with, please visit our Resources page.




NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) aims to lead scientific research on the causes and consequences of drug abuse and addiction in order to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. Their website contains facts about the different types of drugs and their effects, informative videos, answers to frequently asked questions, and much more. There are several educational resources and materials available, which is suitable for students and young adults wishing to learn more.



Tips Of The Month

Each month we share small bits of practical advice that you can implement to improve your life or that of others.


Healthy snacks that use peanut butter

While peanut butter has beneficial properties, it is sometimes viewed in a poor light. Peanut butter can be part of many healthy snacks, however.
  • Peanut butter in a smoothie. A peanut butter and banana smoothie is a classic, but there are other smoothies made using peanut butter as well. Try other fruits and different combinations, or see what you can find online.
  • Try peanut butter on a plain rice cake. A rice cake's ability to make you feel fuller is something that benefits many people. Rice cakes can be a bit plain, especially if you choose one that is not flavored. Try putting a little bit of peanut butter (and bananas if you wish) on a rice cake for breakfast or a snack.
  • Use peanut butter as a dip! Try using it as a dip for celery, or pretzels, or anything else that you want to pair it with. Using it as a dip can be a good way to eat celery if you do not enjoy it plain.
  • Experiment with other foods. Peanut butter can be used as a dressing or a sauce for salads and sandwiches. You can try it in homemade granola bars, or even in some soup! A lot of these dressings and sauces are homemade, so see what you have in your kitchen and give it a shot.


Dealing with difficult coworkers

Work can come with a lot of stressors and one of those stressors can be dealing with difficult coworkers. This tip will discuss some ways to deal with difficult coworkers.
  • Stay calm. When dealing with difficult coworkers it can be really easy to lose your patience however getting angry could lead to the situation becoming worse. If necessary you can try and do some breathing exercises to remain calm.
  • Treat them with respect. While dealing with difficult coworkers can be hard it's best to try and continue treating them with respect. If you react by being disrespectful it's likely to make the tension increase and lead to the situation getting worse.
  • Try and ignore them. If you continue trying to work through the issues and the situation does not improve, it's okay to avoid them as much as possible.
  • Ask for a supervisor or someone higher up to help. If you've tried absolutely everything to resolve the issue and the issues persist it is okay to reach out to your superiors and ask them to help deal with the situation.


Ways to feel energised

Our energy levels can ebb throughout the day, which can make it more difficult for us to complete tasks. Here are some natural ways to feel energised without turning to caffeine. Do note that lack of energy can be caused by an underlying medical reason so visit your doctor if this persists.
  • Take a walk outside. Exercise is probably the last thing you want to do when you're feeling tired, but gentle exercise coupled with fresh air can make you feel energised.
  • Drink water. We lose fluid through normal daily activities so it's important to drink enough water. Feeling tired can be a sign of dehydration as without adequate water, the flow of oxygen to the brain is impacted, thus drinking water can make us more alert. You could also splash your face with water to feel more energised.
  • Adjust your environment as appropriate. Feeling too hot can make you drowsy, so open windows to let in some breeze or switch on a fan. If the room is not getting enough daylight, switch on a light, and if it's too quiet, try switching on some upbeat music.
  • Try peppermint. It is said to help increase oxygen to the brain, making you feel more alert. Smell peppermint oil or apply it directly to your skin, but always read the label and apply with caution to avoid any reaction; consult your doctor if you are unsure. You could also drink peppermint tea or chew peppermint gum.


Interesting Things (on TeenHelp)

A lot of content is posted to TeenHelp every single day, from threads to articles, social groups to albums. But it is difficult for even the most veteran user to keep on top of it all, so we have selected a few items from among the masses that we thought were interesting to draw your attention to.



Advice on starting/asking for therapy
Even though therapy is highly beneficial, it can sometimes feel scary to ask how to start. This user is looking for advice on how to ask their GP to begin therapy.

Music Festivals
This user discusses how Australia has been cracking down on music festivals due to drug related incidents. Come here to share your thoughts about Australia's stance on music festivals.

Weighted blankets
Weighted blankets are known for soothing people who have difficulty with their mental health. People with a variety of struggles such as anxiety or PTSD. This user wants to hear some thoughts about weighted blankets. Do you or someone you know have a weighted blanket? Share your opinions here.

Online courses
Many schools offer online courses to conform to student schedules. They can be fun as well as occasionally challenging. Have you ever taken an online course? What advice would you give to someone who is considering taking one? Discuss your experiences here.


Picture Of The Month

Each month we feature a picture by one of our users. If you would like to see your picture here please contact us by replying to this Newsletter, emailing us at publications@teenhelp.org, or messaging our Newsletter Officer (.:Bibliophile:.) on the website.

Picture by SunShine2002


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In order to continue providing free services to young people around the world, TeenHelp requires a constant income of voluntary donations to support our regular costs. If you are able to, we ask that you please donate any money you can to us, even if it's only a few dollars.



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