Today I wanted to talk about support groups. Ive been feeling way to stressed out lately and its time to kick some of that stress back in the face. Why isn't there an online support group out there for teenagers just like me? My phycologist recommends that I find people who relate to me but the truth is those people are far and few between. While internet safety is probably the biggest concern for a teenage support group, I still think that one should exist.
Being totally honest here, I blog to share my story. I hope that through my posts I can find others like me. Unfortunately, there has been low demand for posts, and the blog hasn't grown as I have hoped. Granted, I often can't write twice a week as I want to.
However, even if my posts are not as often as I would like them to be due to my life demands with school and work, I do encourage all of you readers to comment on posts. How old are you? How often have my posts been beneficial to you? Are you a parent who shares posts with your kids? Possibly, we could all get a group going like that.
So, What are the pro's and con's to a support group?
A support group is made to find connections with people who know what your going through. That's a good thing. It allows you to feel less alienated and to find more acceptance which in turn can boost self esteem. Also a very good thing. Talking out frustration is great stress relief, and feeling that your not alone in doing so is fulfilling basic human need to be accepted. People out there, they should see and realize that you are beautiful the way you are, even with those parts of you that you know you can't get rid of.
While on the flip side a support group can be non accepting too, but if they are ... arn't they kind of hypocrites because their gonna struggle too? Yeah, a support group means you help other people too, but is that really a bad thing? I don't think so. Helping others is proven to increase happiness and dopamine levels so, go help someone and get your natural rush.
I think there is a lot of good that could come from a support group for teens. For example, connecting with others allows you to share and collect tips for stress relief. It allows you to set goals and to share what your doing to improve. You inspire each other to work harder. Maybe what works for you will work for some one else and maybe it won't, it is all about exploration.
Tell me what you think in the comments down bellow. Do you think there should be an online teenage support group? Why or why not?