Empowerment in the Modern Moment

Springhouse is currently offering an online course for adults, Empowerment in the Modern Moment, which has over 40 participants from all over the country. In our last class, Jenny asked us adults what we would say to a teenager who said to us, “I’m scared.”



Below are the responses:

  • Love yourself

  • You got this

  • It's okay to be scared

  • Trust

  • We're all in this together

  • You are not alone

  • Don’t hog all the bandwidth

  • His will pass, it will be OK

  • Express yourself

  • Me too, and that’s OK

  • We are all connected and holding space for each other

  • Learn something new everyday and get outside

  • We’ve got this and we’re in it together. I believe in us.

  • You can get through this moment

  • Want to go outside?

  • You are loved

  • You can do this

  • You are not alone and go outside.

  • Ask for what you need, even if you can’t ask a parent

  • Stay in the present moment

  • Empathy is helpful

  • Feel the strength of the ground under you

  • Me too - how do we get through this together

  • Have faith; just breathe.

  • Reach out. Drink water. Exercise. Do something creative.

  • Everything shifts

  • Yes, it feels scary and an unusual experience....and we're together in it.... and when you feel that the most strongly, notice the present moment, take a deep breath and feel your feet on the ground.

  • I’m scared, too, and we’ll get through this together.

  • Ask for help.

  • Give me a hug!

  • We can do scary things

  • Thank you for sharing

  • Reach out to people. Even though you can't see people in person, you aren't alone and you should still reach for connection.

  • Thank you for trusting me

  • I love you!

  • I believe in you and you will make it through this.

  • Go outside and breathe deeply, the answer’s already inside you


In closing, we were encouraged to tell ourselves these messages, too. The inner teen in us needs to be heard and acknowledged. And now these words are here for us all... Feel free to add your own words of encouragement in the comments below!

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