The Resilient Teen: 10 Key Skills to Bounce Back from Setbacks and Turn Stress into Success (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
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In March of 2020, most of the world―along with our politicians―panicked. When presented with an unfamiliar threat in the form of the novel coronavirus, life as we knew it shut down. Without having a plan, we responded in a panic, with no understanding of the true risk to our health or our economy. Our collective reaction to the virus points to one crucial factor: We as a society do not question what we are told―potentially to our own detriment.
This book is not about pointing fingers and laying blame. It is about building an inquisitive spirit and forming our own opinions through critical thinking. It is about considering how to achieve success in a new way going forward.
In Iconoclasm: A Survival Guide for the Post-Pandemic Economy, author and iconoclast Tony Zorc outlines the strategies and insights of iconoclasm and how to not only survive but thrive in the post-pandemic economy.
Iconoclasm is about unlocking doors that seem to be shut―and ushering everyone through them. In these pages as you learn about the methodology of the iconoclast, you’ll discover the key to unlocking success in the current and post-pandemic panic economy, professionally and personally.
“A primer on fostering adaptability in the face of stress. As stated in the introduction, resilience is not a fixed end goal but a way of approaching life. The author divides the book into four parts, focusing on key skills for each…. Each chapter includes dictionary definitions of key terms, stories about teens dealing with different types of obstacles, and specific exercises and checklists, ending with a summary of material covered. The author’s voice is practical and realistic, providing encouraging explanations and suggestions; a recurring message is to be kind to oneself. The information provided is well researched and up to date, including the acknowledgement of teens’ struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic. A welcome section addresses the impact of societal prejudice. Belongs on every young adult’s bookshelf.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Sheela Raja writes with brilliant simplicity. The Resilient Teen is relatable and provides the reader with practical, manageable, and realistic steps. Raja joins with the reader in ways that promote individual hope and universal compassion. The message is loud and clear: being resilient is possible and The Resilient Teen lets us know how.”
—Susan A. Green, LCSW, clinical professor, and codirector of The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work
“Using research and engaging stories, The Resilient Teen offers relevant, straightforward information about physical and emotional health. It provides practical guidance for managing sleep, stress, and difficult emotions, and tips for developing mindfulness, healthy habits, and social connections. The chapter on cognitive flexibility and realistic optimism, skills that can help transform difficult situations and lead to growth after hardship, make this book especially valuable and timely (for both adults and teens).”
—Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH, clinical advisor for California Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware Initiative, and medical director (retired) at Kaiser Permanente Family Violence Prevention Program
“Sheela Raja has crafted a timely, practical, and substantive resource—not only for teens who are experiencing distress and adversity, but also for those who are seeking emotional well-being skills. It is developmentally appropriate, accessible, engaging, and beautifully written. Parents and professionals looking for an exceptional resource to promote resilience and adaptive functioning in teens will be thrilled with Raja’s latest offering—arguably her best book to date.”
—Matt Gray, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Wyoming, trained at the National Center for PTSD, specializing in trauma
“This book is a gift to youth and for youth during a precarious time. When thoughts, emotions, and body sensations are in flux, a compassionate and stabilizing voice can ring like a bell of clarity to reach and heal the hurt. Speaking directly to teens and young adults, Raja provides practical skills to navigate the world, build resilience, and grow to lead a meaningful life. A pragmatic and insightful read!”
—Roxana Cruz, MD, FACP, director of medical and clinical affairs at the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, working with underserved and vulnerable populations
“If you’re a teenager facing challenges of any kind, do a kind thing for yourself and download this book. Raja guides you toward bouncing back by asking gentle yet thought-provoking questions. The great mix of stories, science, and bite-sized, actionable steps makes it a nourishing read. But, as a longtime college counselor, I love that while you learn more about becoming resilient, you’ll also learn more about yourself.”
—Arun Poonusamy, chief academic officer of Collegewise, and host of the Get Wise podcast
“Sheela Raja has written an important book that helps teens develop critical skills toward holistic emotional wellness. Raja offers clear definitions, relatable examples, and practical advice and strategies. Psychotherapists, youth workers, and teachers can use this as a guide in their work with individual teens and groups. I can see parents and teens using this book to foster rich mealtime dialogue while learning together.”
—Cynthia Lubin Langtiw, PsyD, professor in the clinical PsyD program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus
“Today’s teens need resilience now more than ever. As everyone is grappling with questions about social justice and issues of public health, once again, Raja creates a clear, compassionate, and actionable plan for the adolescent. The Resilient Teen is filled with practical tips and tools to which teenagers will readily be able to relate. By normalizing the existence of stressors for everyone, Raja promotes thoughtful ideas for improved well-being and enhanced resilience. So logical and empathetic in her approach, Raja again demonstrates why she is a leader in the field of teen trauma and resilience. These will be valuable life lessons for the reader to take into adulthood!”
—Shairi R. Turner, MD, MPH, chief transformation officer at Crisis Text Line; and CEO of Shairi Turner MD Coaching and Consulting, LLC
More about the author
Tony Zorc is an iconoclast, a successful technology entrepreneur, a Crossfit athlete, and a husband and a father. He started Accounting Seed―the world’s first accounting platform―out of nothing during his spare time on weekends and nights in 2008. Today, Accounting Seed is disrupting the cloud accounting industry and has over one thousand customers and fourteen thousand users, and has sustained double digit growth for over ten consecutive years.
Tony has a degree in accounting from Hope College. Fitness is key to Tony’s daily routine, he loves all things science-fiction, and he is a lifelong LEGO hobbyist. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.