The Modern Adolescent
Let’s face it, being a teenager isn’t as easy as it used to be… With sexual harassment, gun violence, political unrest, and climate change being at the forefront of the media, the world’s youngest generations are showing and reporting the highest levels of stress and worst mental health issues. A 2018 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association confirmed that Gen Z and Millennials have the highest levels of reported stress of all Americans. What makes matters worse is that these teens and young adults do not know how to cope with their negative emotions. Nearly three-quarters of this population feel they could’ve used more emotional support in the last year. Self-harm, substance abuse, and social media are more often than not the outlets that teens turn to. Whether it’s because they aren’t taught healthy coping mechanisms or they aren’t encouraged enough to engage in them, teens and young adults are struggling silently behind their Instagram accounts or their do-all, be-all façades with few understanding their true feelings. It is imperative to tackle stress among the younger generation before it snowballs out of control. NuCalm can be used (and really should be used) by kids and teens ages 5 and up. NuCalm can be a healthy escape, a quick recharge, and a potential solution to this crisis of stress in younger generations.
Battling Teen Anxiety With NuCalm
NuCalm can safely be used by ages 5+
These days over 20% of children and adolescents suffer from symptoms of anxiety. NuCalm is an all-natural, drug-free alternative that is clinically proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety.The neurotechnology guides the body out of a stressed, fight-or-flight state into a restful and calm one. NuCalm tackles acute anxiety and stress at a physiological level by interrupting adrenaline, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, and slowing brainwaves down into the theta range on the verge of sleep. When the body’s stress response and defense system are disabled, then adolescents may be more inclined to engage in and respond to behavioral or talk therapy, and turn to healthy stress management tools and techniques.
Depression is the second most common mental health diagnosis among adolescents after anxiety. Depression is the leading cause of disability for people over 5 years of age in the US. Environmental stress is one of the leading risk factors for depression. Stressful or traumatic events or exposures in one’s life can predispose someone to depression. However, greater resiliency at a physiological level can decrease one’s likelihood of developing depression. Resiliency cannot occur without balance within the autonomic nervous system and neuroendocrine system. NuCalm can build resiliency because it allows these systems to reset and restore. NuCalm also brings the body to a state where hormone levels replenish, blood flow increases to the frontal cortex of the brain, and emotions are stabilized. Clinical research has shown that NuCalm can help reduce symptoms of depression.
Improve Focus & Concentration
School structure, overcrowding, poor sleep, stress, and pressure all contribute to children’s and adolescents’ lack of focus, attention, and concentration. Nearly 10% of American children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit-hyperactive disorder) and this is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in young children. Those with ADHD are more likely to develop anxiety, depression, or a substance use disorder. The causes and pathology of ADHD are not well understood but may be associated with decreased dopamine levels and structural differences in areas of the brain associated with speech, self-control and decision making. NuCalm brings the body into a restorative state where hormone levels are replenished and increased oxygenated blood flow goes to the brain. After a NuCalm session, users often feel a greater sense of clarity and focus. Students getting distracted may benefit tremendously from a brief NuCalm session when they are getting too hyperactive or distracted.
Improve Sleep Quality
Sleep is incredibly important for the developing mind as brain cells and connections are being pruned and restructured. The adolescent biological clock and circadian rhythms are actually different from a child’s or an adult’s – their biology pushes them to stay up later and sleep in longer. However, due to the way a school day is structured and common sleep inhibitors, like technology and busy schedules, most teens struggle with significant sleep issues. Lack of sleep or poor sleep affects immune health, cognitive performance, mood, and behavior. Rather than being “tired-but-wired” on coffee or energy drinks, NuCalm allows for the body to replenish natural energy stores. Harvard researchers suggested that 20-45 min of NuCalm can give the body the benefits of 2-5 hours of sleep. Not only does this help overcome daytime fatigue, but it resets hormonal levels and helps synchronize circadian rhythms to help the body optimize its sleep cycle. NuCalming before bed also helps guide the body to a relaxed and restful state without auditory or visual distractions which will help teens go to sleep and stay asleep.
Get A Forced Time Out
Behavioral outbursts are not uncommon in children and adolescents. With hormonal changes come heightened emotions that are likely to affect behavior. Getting a “time-out”, detention, or grounded does not often have the desired effect of creating positive change in behavior. When emotions are high a person cannot think logically and rationally. Calming kids or teens down first is required to actually get to the root cause behind the outburst. NuCalm is proven to cut acute stress, relax the body, and clear the mind. Users are therefore much more responsive after a NuCalm session. Instead of a silent “time-out” or detention consider NuCalm which will guide them into a state of calm and openness where they will then be more likely to engage in constructive discussion surrounding their actions.
Avoid Alcohol & Drug Abuse
While experimentation with alcohol and drugs in high school is normal, many teens do not understand the repercussions of heavy substance use. More often than not, adolescents turn to drugs or alcohol as an escape from the stressors of daily life. However, stress paired with exposure to addictive substances leads to a greater likelihood of developing an addiction. Furthermore, the use of substances can impede development and growth, can increase risky behaviors, and can lead to other health problems, such as sleep disorders or heart disease. NuCalm can help teens cope in a healthy manner. NuCalm upregulates GABA, the body’s natural calming chemical, but does not lead to pathological changes in the brain like alcohol use does. By creating enteric balance and clarity within the mind, NuCalm reduces stress and craving for substances, as well as promotes logical thinking and good decision making.
Have a Tech Break
Technology is a great platform for education, a tool for staying connected, and an advancement for automation in society, however, it can also encourage violence, consumerism, superficiality, and addictive behaviors through video games, social media, reality TV, etc. Exposure to all of this from very a young age will surely affect childhood development. Children aren’t getting as much exercise or as much sleep as they used to – they’d rather stay inside playing video games and stay up late scrolling through their phones. Although real-life social interaction and outdoor play are the ideal tech breaks, NuCalm can provide a tech break too. NuCalm shifts the focus internally by cutting out distractions and slowing brainwaves down. NuCalm not only promotes calmness and restoration, but also dreaming, creativity, and learning.
Balance Hormone Levels
Children as early as 8 years old are no strangers to the power of hormones as puberty starts to ensue. These hormones promote physical growth, bodily changes, and sexual development in both girls and boys – but they often bring with them mood swings, heightened emotions, and sexual feelings. Maintaining balanced hormone levels, and internal homeostasis in general, during this period is essential for healthy development. A balanced autonomic nervous system also ensures good development of sex organs and libido. NuCalm balances the autonomic and neuroendocrine systems by suspending people into a parasympathetic “rest-and-digest” state. With NuCalm use, hormone levels can be replenished and balanced. NuCalm can also help to control mood swings and erratic emotions.
Reduce School Pressure
With the increased necessity of post-secondary education and greater competitiveness in applying to these programs, many teens explain that their high-stress levels are largely due to the school pressures they feel from themselves, their parents, and their teachers. A student that experiences burnout before they graduate is more likely to exhibit chronic stress symptoms throughout their entire lives. The importance and stress level associated with academics is extraordinarily high when enrolled. However, the stress associated with full-time employment, managing finances, and potentially starting a family is much greater in comparison. Students, therefore, need to develop better stress resiliency to be able to handle the demands of academic life and subsequently real-world life. NuCalm puts the body into a restorative state where one can develop this resiliency. NuCalm takes students out of their stressed state to prevent burnout and allow them to deal with problems in a calm and rational manner. By helping balance emotions, improving sleep, managing mental health issues, and optimizing cognitive performance, NuCalm also gives students the edge they need to succeed.
Reduce Social Pressure
Am I good enough, smart enough, athletic enough, attractive enough? These are the questions children and teens are asking themselves daily. With the dominance of social media in the 21st century, there is an even greater pressure to fit in and there are so many more manners of judgment and comparison through social media platforms. This, in turn, causes teens and young adults to have a warped sense of self-worth and value in society which leads to a greater deal of stress and likely mental health issues. Unhealthy social relationships are a big risk factor for the development of depression. If NuCalm can help people feel good about themselves, then it can help people’s relationships with others. By eliminating stress and worry, and promoting focus and calmness, NuCalm may help reduce the pressure one feels by society.
With so many more aspects of life that are virtual or online, and many more mental health issues that are internalized, there is often a sense of physical disconnect. Self-harm is sadly a coping mechanism that many teens turn to. Some teens have said that this is the only way that they feel something real and can escape the discomfort and unease they feel. Self-harm is a compulsive manifestation as a result of anxiety or depression. It is an unhealthy escape, to say the least, but it brings about even more stress and shame as one tries to hide it from family and friends. Teens need a more powerful escape and coping method as they try to battle the underlying issues. A NuCalm session, as relaxing as it is, is also a tool to focus on internal thoughts, release emotions, experience deep intuition, and escape external distractions. NuCalm sessions can be a very powerful, yet positive, coping mechanism for teens needing something real and something physical. The parasympathetic dominant state that NuCalm brings you to creates many physical manifestations of release as it slows breathing and heart rate, increases oxygenated blood flow to peripheries, and relaxes muscles.