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Tools for Making Positive Changes in Your Life

Tools for Making Positive Changes in Your Life

Helpful Resources for Adults

If you’re an adult who is thinking about making some kind of important change, a great place to start is to write it out!  Whether you want to make a career change, or some other big life change, or to get your life on track, or get organized, or start a business, or anything really, you need to get clear on what it is you want.  Take some time to explore your thoughts and feelings about it, understand your intentions and desires, and map out your plan.

Enrichment Source has some printable resources to help adults make changes in different areas of life.  These journals, workbooks, and planners were designed to guide you in thinking about and planning the changes you want to make in your life, whatever they might be.

Here is an overview:

Adult Life Change Planner Guide

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Is there something in your life that you want to change?  Something that’s holding you back?  Are you stuck?  In a rut?  Not sure what to do, or where to start? 

Sometimes, the best place to start is to just write it out.  Writing (journaling) is very helpful, as it gives us a way to organize our thoughts, to get them out of our heads and on paper to be able to see it.  The very act of writing it out can be therapeutic, a release, a relief.  It allows us to see the problems (giving it a new, visual, physical perspective), and an outlet to unburden your mind by getting it out, while also capturing it, so you can then do something with it, about it.

I becomes clearer, more tangible, easier to manipulate (or work with). rather than just ruminating, rehashing, replaying it in your head over and over.  It’s pro-active, a starting point for change, a launching pad for letting it go, and a foundation, on which to build better things.

Included in this packet:

  • Pages with questions for reflecting on your life, what’s right, what you want to change, etc.
  • Exploring problems, challenges, and things you want to change
  • Exploring solutions
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Yearly and monthly calendar pages
  • Weekly and daily planner pages
  • Self-care
  • Stress tracker
  • Journal page
  • Notes page

Career Change Planner

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If you’re looking to change jobs or careers, this planner, workbook and guide will help you explore your thoughts and feelings and to develop a plan to move forward.  With targeted thought-provoking questions, it leads you through various aspects of self-awareness and exploration, how your job/career is fulfilling or not, if a big change is what you want, and how to find the right job/career for you!

Business Planning Workbook

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Are you thinking about starting a business, or have you recently started one?  It’s a good idea to really examine your business idea and plan it out as much as possible before launching it.  You need to know who your market is and why they need and want your product or service, how your product or service solves a problem for them, why they will buy it, how your business is different and better than others out there, why you want to start it, how you’re going to structure it, finance it, sustain it, and more.

This is a helpful guide for planning and working out your business idea.  It provides questions and prompts to get you thinking about different aspects of your business.  It helps you to figure out what business you want to start and how to go about it, what you need to do in order to start your business, and more.

Guided Visualization Journal and Planner

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This journal and planner is another helpful tool for guiding you through self-discovery and self-awareness. 

Adult ADHD Life Planner

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This packet will help you create one big binder that holds all the important information needed for adult life!  When you’re not sure about something, need a reference or reminder, consult your Life Planner Binder!  It will help to keep you on track.  Make sure to take the time to set up your binder, and to update and add to it regularly.

In this packet, I’ve included a list of some of the many tasks that many adults might have (of course, this won’t be the same for everyone; add to and/or delete items as needed).  It includes things many of us don’t really think about, or that we might not think of in time.  I created this list over a long period of time, as a reference for myself.  At lot of it comes from gathering information from some very organized people I know, as well as from extensive research, personal experience, and trying out several strategies to see what’s most effective for me.

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Increase Your Positive Thinking

Increase Your Positive Thinking

Positive thinking is an important ingredient in success for everyone.  It is a building block for achievement, motivation, self-esteem, resilience, social competence, and much more.

One of the American Psychological Association’s “10 Ways to Build Resilience” involves maintaining a hopeful outlook and expecting good things.  A person who thinks positively is more likely to keep trying and to find a way to succeed, despite obstacles, than someone with a negative attitude.  That goes for individuals with and without disabilities.  Like the popular saying goes, “if you believe it, you can achieve it.”  Believing in oneself requires positive thinking.  For many, positive thinking takes practice.

Enrichment Source has several resources that enhance positive thinking.

Positive Thinking Workbook

This packet includes worksheets, activities, flash cards, and other resources that can be used in therapy, individual and group counseling, social skills groups, classrooms, at home, and more.  They can be used with children, adolescents, and adults. 

These resources provide opportunities to start looking at the world from a positive perspective, build hope, foster resilience, see possibilities, find solutions, develop problem-solving skills, deal effectively with challenges and persevere.  They are tools for building positive automatic thought processes that can be built upon well into the future.

 Psychological Foundations

These resources are based on and incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, including Cognitive Reframing or Restructuring (changing the meaning one has assigned to a circumstance – weaknesses/problems as opportunities; learning how to think differently; changing “faulty thinking” and replacing it with more rational, realistic and more positive thinking; learning to stop negative thought processes and replacing negative thoughts with more positive self-talk).  Aaron Beck’s theory states that depressed people think the way they do because their thinking is biased toward negative interpretations.  These resources aim to challenge and prevent this kind of thinking, and help establish a positive thinking habit that can be built upon for a bright and successful future.

Get the Positive Thinking Workbook and Journal

Other Positive Thinking Resources:

Positive Words Fun Sheet -- FREE

Positive Thinking Flash Cards

Positive Messages Printable Dice/Cubes

Positive Messages Mini Flash Cards

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fun creative helpful adhd resources

ADHD Resources for Kids, Teens and Adults

Enrichment Source offer several ADHD resources, all of which are well researched and are created by a school psychologist and ADHD specialist, who also has ADHD.  Browse Enrichment Source’s to find unique, creative, enriching and empowering ADHD resources, including the ADHD Student Planner, ADHD Information Packet, Adult ADHD Life Planner, and more.

Visit Enrichment Source’s ADHD Center, and shop ADHD Resources

Here’s an overview of Enrichment Source’s ADHD resources so far (there are many more to come):

Student ADHD Planner and Organizer

This 21-page Printable ADHD Planner Organizer is a great resource for students with ADD/ADHD or any student.  It helps kids and teen to focus, organize, plan, and stay on track, and includes yearly, monthly, weekly, daily planner pages, class schedule, project planner and tracker, journal and notes pages, goal setting pages, and more!

Included in this bundle:

  • Year at a Glance Page
  • Monthly Planner Page (write in month and date, print one out for each month)
  • Weekly Planner Page
  • Daily Planner Page
  • Class Schedule
  • Upcoming Projects
  • Project Planner
  • Journal Pages
  • Notes Pages
  • Goal Setting. Planning, Tracking Pages
  • Random Thoughts Pages (to record otherwise distracting thoughts)
  • Self-Awareness “About Me” Page
  • Tips for Tasks, Breaks, Rewards, Learning, and Coping Strategies

Order the digital download, printable Student ADHD Planner and Organizer here.

ADHD Information Packet

This 35-page digital download/printable ADHD Informational Packet includes information for parents, teachers, counselors, and more, tips and suggestions to use with children with ADHD, research on adults with ADHD, tips for developing success skills and characteristics in kids, worksheets, and more. 

This resource and learning tool is based on extensive research and is packed with valuable information about ADHD, useful suggestions and advice on helping kids with ADHD, and beneficial worksheets, exercises and activities. 

Order the digital download, printable ADHD Information Packet here.

ADHD Planner and Information Bundle

Get the above two packages (ADHD Planner and Information Package) together and save!

Order the digital download, printable ADHD Planner and Information Packet Complete Bundle here.

ADHD Reminder and Encouragement Cards

The packet of ADHD on-task reminder and encouragement cards package consists of 60 digital downloadable, printable flash cards with reminders to stay focused and on-task.  These are perfect for kids, teens and adults with ADHD or who might struggle to stay on task. These helpful reminder cards are great little incentives to keep going!  They can be used with kids, teens, and even adults. 

They include positive messages, motivation, that little extra push we all need from time to time. 

There are 60 cards, each with its own message.  While these cards are geared toward people with ADHD, they can be used with anyone.

When you, or your child or student, are/is starting to feel restless, distracted, unmotivated, or losing interest, pick a card, or give them a Focus Card as a reminder or incentive to keep going, take a break, and so on!

Print these pages out, cut out the cards, and use them as needed.  You might want to place them in a bowl, jar, box, etc., near the person who is working.  Or, for teachers, you might want to hand them out to students in a classroom setting.

Order the ADHD Reminder and Encouragement Cards here.

Organize It! The Organization Game

Organize It! is a fun printable sorting and categorizing game for children to strengthen executive functioning skills (planning, focus, organization, and more).  It’s also a great social skills, counseling, classroom, or at-home activity, for kids with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or anyone that can use some practice with organization.

The game includes 10 containers to organize: backpack, bathtub, beach bag, closet, fish tank, salad bowl, tool kit, toy box, trash can, and recycling bin.  Five items go into each container (there are a total of 50 items to sort).  Mix all the items up and spread them out on a table.  Then, players must clean up the “messy room” and put things away where they belong.

Order the digital download, printable Organize It! game here.

Fun, Colorful FREE ADHD Sign and Wall Art

Get a Free digital download, printable ADHD colorful sign, wall art, PDF.  Just add it to your card checkout (you won't be charged) and it's yours!  Download it, print it out and use it as you wish.  You might want to frame and display it, use it as a binder cover, etc.  This printable PDF prints out to be 8.5 x 11", with some white space, so you can trim it as needed.  Print it out on cardstock on a color printer (or have it printed at a copy center.

Order the Free digital download, printable ADHD Sign/Wall Art here.

Adult ADHD Life Planner

This complete, thorough, all-inclusive Adult ADHD Life Planner, Organizer Bundle is perfect for keeping track of all the tasks, to-do’s and responsibilities of adult life! 

This 74-page downloadable, printable PDF includes valuable information and resources for adults with ADHD and others who want to be more organized.

It includes:

  • Binder Covers and Spines(3 colors)
  • Year at a Glance Page
  • Monthly Planner Pages
  • Weekly Planner Pages
  • Daily Planner Page
  • Organization Tips
  • Adult Tasks and Activities
  • Checklists
  • Worksheets
  • Planning Prompts
  • Upcoming Projects
  • Project Planner
  • Journal Pages
  • Notes Pages
  • Goal Pages
  • Brain Dump
  • Coping and Rewards
  • Focusing Tips
  • More!

The packet includes complete instructions and suggestions for using it and putting everything together.  Just download the packet, look through it and decide which pages you want to use (you can use all or any that are most helpful to you), and print them out!  While the pages look best printed on a color printer (if you don’t have one, you can have them printed at a copy shop), but they don’t have to be.  Hole punch and keep the pages (in whatever order you want) in a three-ring binder.  Use tabbed dividers to separate sections.  Plastic sleeves are also helpful for holding other related materials.

Order the digital download, printable Adult ADHD Life Planner here.

Here are a few things in the works and that will be released soon:

  • Adult ADHD Success Guide and Workbook
  • Customized ADHD Action Plans
  • ADHD Coaching Packages
  • More!

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Helping Kids with Anxiety

Helping Kids with Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural feeling or response that most people experience sometimes.  We might become anxious (or have anxiety) before a big test, performance, or presentation.  In fact, a little bit of anxiety in these kinds of situations can actually help us out, kind of “waking us up,” making us more alert and focused.  Then we can take on that test or other challenge.  Afterwards, the anxiety usually goes away.

However, sometimes we can have anxiety when we really don’t need to, or when there’s no real threat.  There are also times when someone’s anxiety is too intense and overbearing.  They have “too much” anxiety, and it’s not helpful.  It can get in the way of doing what they want or need to do. 

Instead of helping us focus on doing well on a test, anxiety can cause someone so not be able to concentrate, therefore it might make them do poorly on the test.  In situations like this, anxiety is problematic and counterproductive and overwhelming.  With anxiety, a little bit goes a long way!  It’s helpful to learn how to manage anxiety so it doesn’t take over. 

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is defined as the mind and body’s natural reaction/response to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations.  It is an emotion, feeling, or bodily response, that most people might experience from time to time.  It becomes a problem, or a disorder, when it takes over and is experienced regularly to a very high degree.  The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes.”  Excessive anxiety can lead to many other problems. 

What Anxiety Can Feel Like:

Anxiety can include feelings of fear, uneasiness, distress, discomfort, dread, excessive worry, nervousness, or restlessness.  You might be tense, shaky, jittery, unfocused, or have sweaty palms, or feel like your heart is racing.  You may feel threatened.  You may feel apprehension about what’s to come.  Many people experience anxiety in different ways.

When Anxiety Can Be a Problem

Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes here and there, but doesn’t take over.  It doesn’t get in the way of everyday life.  With problematic anxiety, the fear can take over and make you afraid to do everyday things, even things you usually enjoy. 

Here are Some Ways to Deal with Anxiety

When anxiety becomes much too intense and frequent than ordinary anxiety for a very long time (6 months or more) it can become an Anxiety Disorder.  In these cases, feelings of anxiety are extreme, affect emotions and behavior, interfere with life, and can lead to avoiding various situations.  In these cases, it is important to seek help.  Encourage kids to talk to their parents, and see a medical professional.  In fact, it’s a good idea to talk to someone any time you have more than just the regular “a little nervous before a test” anxiety.

The first step in managing anxiety is recognizing it.  Next, there are several strategies for dealing with anxiety and worries.  Here are some suggestions to share with kids and teens.

  • Get support. Talk to someone you can trust.  This might be your parent/s, another supportive relative, a teacher, counselor or other school personnel, or a therapist.
  • Get Help. If anxiety is a big problem for you, seek therapy.
  • Learn about anxiety. Learn as much about anxiety as you can.  Also, learn about your own anxiety, how if affects you, your triggers, symptoms, etc.
  • Increase Self-Awareness. Work on becoming more self-aware.  The more you know about yourself, your thoughts, feelings, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, and so on, the better.
  • Journal. Journaling is a great way to explore, express, and understand your thoughts and feelings, to become more self-aware, and to make positive changes.  Keep a journal, or a few journals focused on different purposes (such as, a worry journal, a positivity journal, a gratitude journal, a general journal, and so on). 
  • Develop Problem-Solving Skills.
  • Develop Coping Skills.
  • Be Proactive.
  • Others: be positive; practice gratitude; do something you enjoy; do something kind for someone else; continue to work on anxiety management.

In addition to being aware of and understanding your anxiety, and once you recognize what’s causing or triggering your anxiety, work to minimize, resolve, reduce, manage, and lesson it.  Is what’s causing your anxiety or worry a problem that can be solved?  If so, brainstorm some ways you can solve it.  Is what’s causing your anxiety something you cannot solve, something out of your control?  If so, come up with ways you can cope with it.

Problem Solving

Sometimes our anxiety and worries come from problems that can be solved.  When analyzing your anxiety/worry causes and triggers, determine if they are problems that you can solve (either on your own or with some help), and come up with a plan to solve them.  The problem might have a simple solution or it might involve some or several steps.  In any case, devise a plan, set goals, and work toward them.  It may take a long time to solve, but just knowing that you’re taking action is a great step in the right direction.

Coping Skills

Sometimes, anxiety and worry come from things we can’t solve or change (at least not at that moment).  They might be things not in our control.  In these cases, using good coping skills or strategies is very effective.  What does cope mean?  To deal with something.  Change your reaction or response to it.  On the following page, you will find several suggestions for coping skills/strategies. 

Tip

Keep a worry journal.  Give yourself 10 minutes to “dump” all your worries and problems into the journal.  When the 10 minutes is up, switch your focus to being proactive.  Brainstorm ways you can solve and/or cope with each problem.  See the worry journal page in this packet.

The Anxiety and Worry Workbook is a helpful resource to help kids deal with anxiety and worries. 

This workbook, journal, planner is intended to help kids, teens, and young adults recognize, learn about, understand, and manage anxiety and worries.  It includes information, tips and suggestions, worksheets, and strategies that can be used at home, school, or in therapeutic settings.  It can be used on its own by anyone who has worries or anxiety, and also makes a useful tool or supplement for therapy, counseling, and mental health treatments and programs.

Order the Anxiety and Worry Workbook here.

Get a free Anxiety Coping Strategies Tip Sheet here!

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social emotional learning (sel) in schools

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources for Educators

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a hot topic in education right now.  It is said that SEL needs to come first – before academics.  Here are some worksheets to help students learn about and practice the concepts of SEL. 

What is SEL?

 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important aspect of education, and needs to take place with or before other types of learning.  Students learn best when they are in a safe, supportive environment …

SEL has been defined as an ongoing process of gaining self-awareness, connecting and getting along with others, developing self-control, emotional control, communication skills, problem-solving skills, making good decision, and setting and achieving goals.  All of these skills contribute to school, work, and life success, and they make learning more meaningful and engaging.  SEL benefits students academically and socially.

The benefits of SEL include the following:

  • Increases prosocial behaviors
  • Enhances relationships
  • Improves social skills
  • Improves conflict resolution
  • Improves communication
  • Increase feelings of connection to school
  • Reduces depression
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Improves decision-making
  • Helps with managing daily challenges
  • Improves anger management
  • Improves coping skills
  • Helps to regulate emotions
  • Increases empathy
  • And more

Components of SEL

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Relationship Skills
  • Social Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making

 Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is the ability to notice your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  It’s about being honest with yourself.  It is seeking to understand all aspects of yourself.  It involves looking at connections and patterns in your own thoughts and behaviors over time.  It can include looking at what situations tend to make us react in certain ways.  With that, we can begin to understand why we might do certain things, which sets us on a better path to healing.  It lets us change what we want to change, improve upon other things, and develop strengths and skills out of talents, attributes, and interests.

Self-Management

This involves regulating your behavior and your thoughts and emotions.  It includes impulse-control, self-control, anger management, taking responsibility for your actions, managing stress, and using coping skills.  It can also include goal-setting and achieving, behavior monitoring, and self-reinforcement. 

Relationship Skills

This involves how we get along with other people.  It is connecting with and cooperating with others, working together, and supporting each other.  It involves communication, conflict resolution, social skills, listening, respecting others, and being a good friend.

Social Awareness

This is about being aware of your surroundings and social circumstances and being mindful of the perspectives of others.  It involves understanding others’ point of view, being understanding, and having empathy.  It includes seeing how our actions impact others, respecting cultural differences, and being ethical.

Responsible Decision Making

This involves making good choices, doing the right thing, and being responsible.  It includes problem-solving, weighing the options, thinking about consequences, planning and looking ahead, and setting and achieving goals.

Get the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Worksheet packet here! 

Also, get the Mental Health Check-in Packet here!

It includes worksheets related to each of the SEL Components.  These worksheets help students learn about and practice using  SEL concepts.  They can be a helpful and useful addition to SEL programs and practices.

These worksheets make a great addition to any SEL program, lesson, discussion, session, or activity.  They can be used by teachers in the classroom, to supplement lessons and to facilitate conversations and practice of pro-social skills, by counselors, psychologists, and other mental health specialists with students or clients, individually or in groups, or by anyone who works with children and is interested in promoting SEL concepts.

 

Lori Granieri is a School Psychologist, Writer, and Owner of Enrichment Source: Creative Resources for Life Improvement.  Find out more at www.enrichmentsource.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok @enrichmentsource

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Why You Should Buy Digital Downloads and Printables

Why You Should Buy Digital Downloads and Printables

Digital downloads and printables have many advantages and benefits.  They can be valuable sources of information and education, as well as tools for change, productivity, self-improvement, learning, skill building, organization, and more.

The value of digital downloads and printables comes from the experience, knowledge, training, background, perspective and expertise of the person or people that create them, as well as the research, time and creativity put into to making them and the information, skills, and other assets you will gain from them.

Plus, digital downloads and printables are easy-to-use, instant and convenient.  You can get them and use them right away, right when you need them.  They’re evergreen.  You can use them again and again.  They’re easy to find.  You can do a quick search and find exactly what you’re looking for.  They’re more affordable to use than buying pre-printed materials.  Using digital downloads and printables saves you time and money.

Types of Digital Downlands and Printables

There are many types of digital downloads and printables available, and can serve so many purposes.  They can come in the form of any of the following: planners, worksheets, workbooks, flash cards, info sheets, ebooks, lesson plans, templates, graphics, photos, wall art, greeting cards, invitations, stationery, party supplies, business plans, checklists, trackers, to-do lists, and so many more!

How Digital Downloads and Printables Help You

Depending on the types digital downloads and printables you purchase, you can use them for so many things.  Some of their uses include: to supplement your lesson plan, curriculum, business offerings, or your practice; or, to enhance your teachings, clinic, company, life, education, entertainment, etc.  You can use them to learn something new, to teach something to someone, to engage your students, clients, customers, or audience, to gather information, to give information, to get organized, to plan something, to engage someone, to communicate, and many, many more.

Enrichment Source Digital Downloads and Printables

The digital downloads and printables at Enrichment Source are all created by School Psychologist and Writer Lori Granieri, and are based on research, experience, and passion for life betterment topics, infused with creativity, and a unique perspective,.

Lori has a uniquely combined background makes for richly valuable content and resources.  In addition to being a School Psychologist, she has been a writer for decades, and previously worked as a journalist, staff writer, copywriter, freelance writer, PR and marketing writer and consultant, and business owner.  She is a published author and children’s game creator, and a mom.  Lori is passionate about studying, researching, learning about, and helping those with ADHD (having it herself) and learning disabilities, and about writing, learning, researching, and creating. 

Whether you are a teacher, school counselor, school psychologist or other educator, or a therapist, clinician or mental health professional, a business owner, a parent, or an individual interested in self-improvement, you’ll find numerous valuable digital downloads and printables here.  Feel free to browse Enrichment Source’s collection. 

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Self-Awareness is So Important for Everything We Do

Self-Awareness is So Important for Everything We Do

Whenever we decide to make a change, engage in self-improvement, break a bad habit and adopt a new healthy habit, set a goal, strive for success, make something better, learn, grow, be a good leader, or do so many things in life, the best place to start is with self-awareness.

Self-Awareness. 

I’m sure you’ve heard the term.  But what is it exactly? 

Self + awareness = knowing yourself

Self-awareness is the ability to notice your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, to really see yourself clearly and objectively, to really really look at yourself.  It’s about being honest with yourself.  It is seeking to understand all aspects of yourself.

Self-awareness involves looking at connections and patterns in your own thoughts and behaviors over time, and what things may lead to other things.  It can include looking at what situations tend to make us react in certain ways.  With that, we can begin to understand why we might do certain things, which sets us on a better path to healing.  It lets us change what we want to change, improve upon other things, and develop strengths and skills out of talents, attributes, and interests.

Self-Awareness Defined:

Self-awareness can be defined as the ability to monitor our inner and external world; having a deep understanding of yourself, your values, strengths, weaknesses, habits, why you do the things you do, think the things you think, feel the way you feel.

It is an ongoing process.  It’s a journey of self-discovery, introspection and reflection that leads to better insight (which is a deeper level of self-awareness, knowledge and understanding), and self-acceptance.

Being self-aware allows us to be honest with ourselves and others, to be our authentic selves, to change, learn, and grow and to become and achieve what we want.

Self-awareness is an essential component of therapy and counseling, and any program or pursuit that involves improving ourselves and our lives.  Without self-awareness, how can we change and grow?  If we aren’t aware of our current situation, how can we change it?  How can we make it better?  If we don’t know where we are now and where we’ve been, how can we know where we’re going?  We need to know our starting point.  We need to know what we’re working with. 

Self-Awareness Outcomes:

  • Self-improvement, growth, and change for the better
  • Self-acceptance
  • Authenticity
  • Comfort in our own skin
  • Tendency to find meaning in things
  • Ability to approach obstacles and problems differently than previously
  • Ability to learn from mistakes and not keep making the same ones
  • Finding meaningfulness
  • Breaking bag habits and developing healthy ones
  • Greater confidence and self-efficacy
  • Creativity
  • Better communication and relationships with others
  • Increased productivity and effectiveness
  • Greater success

How do we become more self-aware?  There are several ways. 

These include activities that prompt and encourage us to reflect on our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and may involve journaling, meditation, and taking quizzes and tests on our personality, aptitudes, interests and so on.

Download this FREE page with self-awareness suggestions here.

For a complete, amazingly valuable 42-page printable Self-Awareness Workbook for kids, teens, and adults, Shop Here.  It’s perfect for use in the therapeutic setting, such as in counseling and other programs, as well as in the classroom, at-home, and so on. 

Get the one-of-a-kind Self-Awareness Workbook (digital download/printable) now!

And, get your FREE one-page self-awareness suggestion guide.

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The Importance Of Teaching Kids and Teens Problem-Solving Skills

The Importance Of Teaching Kids and Teens Problem-Solving Skills

Throughout our lives, we all encounter problems that need to be solved.  It’s important to develop skills that will help us to be better problem-solvers.  The more prepared we are and the more we practice, the better we become at solving problems, taking on challenges, overcoming obstacles, and coming up with creative and effective solutions. 

Problems are not necessarily bad.  In fact, sometimes they are even fun, believe it or not.  Either way, they are a part of life. 

Problems involve challenges (like puzzles, riddles, games, or sports), obstacles to overcome, and things to figure out.  They can engage us, sharpen our minds, entertain us, teach us, and help us to grow and become better.  Sometimes they can weigh us down or stress us out.  Regardless, problems, in some way and at some point, need to be solved. 

Problems can range from something small and easy to solve to something huge and difficult to handle.  We can easily solve some problems on our own, whereas we may need help solving bigger, more complex problems.

Problems can be as simple as not having the right shoes to wear with a certain outfit, or as complex as what to do about a broken down car.  They can be solved in an instant (go left or go right), or they can take a while to figure out (finding a house to buy or deciding which job to accept).

Solving a problem often involves making a choice between two or more things.  When we choose one thing, we have to give up something else, which can sometimes be tough.  Sometimes we want both or all of the things, but we can only have one.  We have to make a choice.

Think about problems you have had in the past and problems you might currently have.  How have you dealt with these problems?  How have you solved them?

Problem solving is an important aspect of mental health and wellness. It is a valuable life skill and component of success, self-esteem, and social skills.  Teaching kids problem-solving skills helps them to become more confident, assertive, self-reliant, independent, and resilient.

Here are some downloadable, printable resources to help kids and teens learn, develop and practice using problem-solving skills.  

Problem Solving Workbook for Kids and Teens -- This packet includes worksheets and prompts that allow kids and teens to learn about and practice using problem-solving skills.  It can be used at home, in the classroom, in a counseling, therapy or group setting, and more.  Shop here.

Solution Surfers: The Problem Solving Game -- This is a fun, creative surf-inspired game that allows players to practice problem-solving skills.  Shop here.

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Adulting with ADHD: How to Plan, Manage and Organize it All

Adulting with ADHD: How to Plan, Manage and Organize it All

Being an adult is a lot of work!  There are so many things to do, stay on top of, take care of, remember, know, pay for, schedule, send, fix, file, track, and figure out. 

There are bills to pay, appointments to make and keep, time to manage, things to manage, schedules to adhere to, errands to run, and projects to complete.  There’s work, kids, pets, housework, laundry, grocery shopping, making dinner, cleaning up from dinner, taking out trash, homework, family commitments, phone calls, emails, to-do’s, and so on!

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teaching kids good manners

Teaching Kids About Good Manners

Having good manners is an important social skill for everyone to master.  In order to get along in our world, we need to abide by certain guidelines and treat others with respect and kindness.  Saying “please,” “thank-you,” “you’re welcome,” “excuse me,” and so on at the right time and in the right circumstances are just some of the many ways to demonstrate good manners.  Many children may not know what good manners are or how to use them, and often they do not have enough opportunities to practice them.

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Parents’ Guide to Distance Learning

Parents’ Guide to Distance Learning

For many parents and kids, learning from home – distance learning, remote learning, virtual learning, homeschooling – is a new and unfamiliar concept.  Here are some ideas for making the most it, and setting your child up for success.

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Welcome to Enrichment Source

Welcome to Enrichment Source

Enrichment Source offers resources that enrich, enhance, and improve life in many ways.  We offer digital downloadable/printable materials to be used by parents, teachers, mental health professionals, counselors, psychologists and more!  Our resources are meant to help, inspire, inform, motivate, educate, and entertain.

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