As the holidays are winding down be mindful of how you are dealing with stress. Relatives coming into town, spending time away from friends while school is out, even preparing for the return to school, can cause a lot of stress for teens.
Holiday stress is normal. Stress is a feeling that is created when we react to particular events. It’s the body’s way of preparing us for an approaching situation.
Some ways to relieve holiday stress:
- Practice random acts of kindness. They will not only help you but those around you.
- Exercise and stretching can help calm the mind and body.
- Watch a few classic holiday specials.
- Being present by taking a couple of minutes to focus on only one behavior. Notice how the air feels on your face when walking or paying attention to the texture in a bite of food.
- Reaching out to others can help reduce stress by venting frustrations. Social media is your friend. Share what’s going on with others on a “safe teen website.”
Aside from normal holiday stress, some teens can feel stressed by peer pressure during the holiday break. Winter break is a common time for teens to experiment with or use drugs and alcohol. If someone is pressuring you to do anything that’s not right or healthy for you, you have the right to resist. Be confident and be prepared with these refusal skills:
- Say no and let them know you mean it by standing up straight, making eye contact, saying how you feel, not making excuses, and sticking up for yourself.
- If you find yourself at a party and need an out, call a parent and tell them to come get you. Your parents want to help and will appreciate you making the right choice.
- Never go somewhere alone and always have an escape plan.
Set the stress aside and have a safe and happy New Years!
November 15, 2016
Rise Above It: Lexington Two Community Coalition and LRADAC Prevention Specialists host a New Fads & Drug Trends training on November 15, 2016 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the West Columbia City Hall, located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.
For the first time, daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among high school seniors in America, and 90 percent of adolescents who drink, do so while binge drinking (NIH). After marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the top drugs abused by adolescents in the past year.
With the rise in opioid use and the decrease in perception of harm, Rise Above It invites adults to come learn more about what is locally and nationally trending when it comes to substance use, and how to identify signs and symptoms of youth use.
Rise Above It: Lexington Two Community Coalition is a Drug Free Community grant-funded organization housed at LRADAC serving the Lexington Two School District community. To read more about Rise Above It, visit riseaboveitlexington.org.
Happy Halloween! There are many fall celebrations going on tonight that include candy, costumes and parties. Enjoy celebrating, but always remember to stay safe and smart. Here are a few tips for staying safe this Halloween:
For youth 21 and under:
- Review and obey local laws. Be aware of laws regarding private property, curfews, and as always no alcohol, tobacco or other drugs for underage youth.
- Recruit your teen or offer to help your parents with handing out treats.
- Watch a scary movie marathon.
- If you do go trick-or-treating or to a sober Halloween party, try to wear light colored or reflective clothing while walking on the street.
- Be mindful of driver safety. There will be a lot of kids on the roads.
- Limit the number of friends in a car. Do not go over the legal limit of passengers.
For 21 +:
- Never accept alcohol handouts. Halloween costume parties can provide an ideal atmosphere for perpetrators to target their victims. To avoid being perceived as rude, take the beverage and privately throw it away.
- If you go to a party go with a group and leave with the same group.
- Never walk by yourself after dark.
- Avoid costumes that make you unrecognizable.
- If you feel uncomfortable, get out.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged or you have an exit plan.
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Monday, July 4th, 2016 is Independence Day. A day we celebrate America’s liberation from Great Britain with fireworks, pool parties and barbeques.
It is no secret that parties often include drinking, which can sometimes lead to bad decision making. Some of these decisions may be harmless, but others can be fatal. Drinking can lead to drunk driving and July 4th is notoriously one of the deadliest days of the year on our roads.
However, this July 4th, you can still have plenty of fun without alcohol. Below is a list of things to do in Columbia and Lexington over the holiday weekend. Be safe and enjoy!
- Fireflies Baseball, Columbia – Monday, July 4th – Fireflies vs. Charleston River Dogs (military with valid ID will receive $2 off All-Star or Reserved seating) – Fireworks after the game (tickets can be purchased for fireworks only if you do not wish to attend the game) More Information and Tickets
- Blowfish Baseball, Lexington – Friday, July 1st – USC Alumni vs. Blowfish – Fireworks after – There will also be Independence Day Fireworks after Blowfish games Saturday July 2nd – Monday July 4th More Information and Tickets
- Lake Murray, Lexington – Saturday, July 2nd – Boat parade then evening fireworks launched from Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park to choreographed music airing on local radio More Information
- Blowfish and Fireflies Baseball Games, Lexington and Columbia – Information above
Festivals/ Special Events
- 2016 Lexington Peach Festival, Lexington – Monday, July 4, 2016 – More Information
- Summer Movie Series in the Park, Columbia – Finlay Park – Friday, July 1st at 7:30 p.m. – Free- Showing the Movie “Minions”
- Star Spangled Day, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia – Saturday, July 2nd – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – More Information
- Saturday Family Storytime, Lexington – Lexington County Public Library Main- Saturday July 2nd at 11:00 a.m. – For children ages birth to 10 years old – More information call 803.785.2630
- Daufuskie Memories, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia – Saturday July 2nd through Thursday, July 7th – Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month); Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. – More Information and Tickets
- Military Appreciation Day, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia – Monday, July 1st at 9:00 a.m. – Present an active and valid military ID card or badge and receive free admission for you and your dependents 12 and under. – 803.400.1156 for more information
- 246 Army Band – Friday, July 1st at 6:30 p.m. Center Stage at Village At Sandhills
- “Beach Party” – 4 p.m. Finlay Park – The Episodes – Beach/Motown
- Green Day’s American Idiot – Trustus Theatre – 8:00 p.m. – Friday, July 1st & Saturday July 2nd – “A critical smash on Broadway in London, the two- time Tony Award-winning hit musical ‘American Idiot’ tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. More Information and Tickets