Wellness Design Can Help Support Teen Mental Health

It’s a tough time to be a teenager. Covid didn’t help either. Kids are dealing with stresses that my friends and I never experienced in the 70s. I know when I felt sad or angry, I would hide out in my bedroom. My walls were covered in posters of my favorite celebrities (Elton John, Rolling Stones) and movies (Gone with the Wind), and my ears were filled with the sounds of my favorite albums. I didn’t know those were healthful choices. I just knew they were helpful. (Not sure my mom would have agreed when I’d blast Queen’s Tie Your Mother Down.)

Since it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, I decided to reach out to some experts and devote a post to how wellness design can help your teenager. Here it is. I hope these insights help him, her or them. Please share a link if it does!

Teen bedrooms should be designed as calming, personalized sanctuaries.



  • As I write this on Tuesday, another school shooting just tragically took more lives. If these mass shootings, whatever their motive or location, are causing you to lose hope in life, please seek help and surround yourself with calm. Here’s a post I wrote on creating calming spaces after an earlier spate of tragedies. I hope it helps.
  • I was proud to be invited to share insights on creating healing spaces for cancer survivors. Here’s a link to that session, hosted by Feel Good, Look Better.
  • Wellness by Design has been included in Purist’s Wellness Library!



Here’s a practical guide to cooking and eating for your health. Its author is the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the top research facilities in the world. Dr. Gary Deng shares both tips and recipes in this handsome volume.


The Wellness Principles goes beyond simple recipes to tips for healthy living.There are chapters on stocking your pantries, healthy eating principles, dos and don’t and living beyond the plate. The recipe photos are gorgeous, full color images and there are helpful menus for those who find that structure helpful.


As I noted above, Gary Deng, MD, PhD, is the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He integrates Eastern and Western medicine into a holistic program. That works for me!  


Why did I choose this book for my latest Book Buzz? I’ve long been a fan of integrative medicine with its whole life approach to diagnosis and patient care. So when this title hit my inbox, I requested a copy. It’s definitely a book I’d use myself. I hope you find it useful too.


I’ll be talking about wellness design and pets with a panel of experts on June 1, 4 pm EST, 1 pm PST and all the related time zones. I hope you’ll join us!

Past Clubhouse Recordings

Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions:

Home art studio with full-length windows, easel with blank canvas and table with art supplies -- promo for 5/18 Clubhouse event

2022 Recordings:

2021 Recordings:



I’m a pretty avid reader on wellness-related topics and decided to share some of the riches I’m finding with my Gold Notes readers. Here are a few links you might find interesting and helpful:


living room with woman on couch, fireplace and Frame TV with landscape scene above fireplace. Art Gives Potential, Personalized Wellness Boost To Home Interiors - Art helps make a house a home. It also has therapeutic value, as one of my sources, president of the American Art Therapy Association shared in my latest piece. Continue Reading
outdoor living room with couch, tables, chairs and large fireplace Home Security Features For Outdoor Living - I wrote my latest Forbes.com piece for readers who have larger, more amenity-rich outdoor living areas than mine. If you do, here are some tips and trends for protecting your property, equipment, family and guests while enjoying them.  Continue Reading
bathroom with wet room tub and shower combo, mini tv screen and decorative tile on floor and wall Creating Spa Bathrooms With The Latest Wellness Design And Technology Trends - I take a look at the latest trends, ideas and technology for creating a spa-inspired bathroom at home. Continue Reading
Modern kitchen with induction cooktop, wall ovens, open shelving and vent hood New Induction Cooking Technologies - In honor of Earth Day last Friday and with new building codes being passed around the country to phase out the use of natural gas in homes, it seemed like a good time to revisit induction cooking. Here's the latest! Continue Reading
New Appliance Trends Highlight Wellness Features - Here are the latest trends in wellness design-enhancing appliances. These ideas will definitely inform my next home! I hope they inform your appliance purchases too. I conferred with three experts, who will also be guests this afternoon in my next Clubhouse WELLNESS WEDNESDAY conversation. Continue Reading
Blue marble slabs create a tall tile wall between a pool and lounge area. Ceramic Tile Provides A Durable Artistic Canvas For Designers - This massive tile expo brings together exhibitors from Italy, Spain, Brazil and North America in one fabulous festival of design. I'll be writing about all of the trends for my Kitchen & Bath Design News column, but I wanted to share one of them in particular. That was the artistry of ceramic tile. Continue Reading
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