Does your teenager seem to be stressed out about everything? They are not alone. Social media, school violence, bullying, and demanding academic requirements are having a negative impact on the wellbeing of our youth. Teenagers are the most anxious and stressed group in our society.
The good news is there are simple ways that teens can both reduce their stress and reach their goals. Mindfulness has been a proven tool in helping teens manage stress. It can often help them to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence.
Here are four ways that mindfulness can help your stressed out teen:
1. Be less self-critical
The teenage brain is under construction. As it is not fully developed, it tends to be more prone to stress, worry, and fear. Most teens frequently feel that there is something wrong with them. They feel completely overwhelmed with their thoughts and their negative perceptions about themselves. Mindfulness practices reduce brain activation in the areas that control stress, fear, and anxiety. As a result, teens become much less critical about themselves.
2. Improve focus and concentration
Meeting the demands of society that teens are living in today is creating a generation of distracted adolescents. Staying focused and sustaining attention in would be a challenge for anyone. In today’s world, however, it is a bigger challenge for any teen due to our social media culture. Learning simple tools to help with improving concentration and attention can help them cope with this difficulty. Mindfulness breathing techniques are an easy and proven tool that assists teens to stay on task and even improve their test results.
3. Understand and deal with their feelings & emotions
The emotional life of teens often feels like a roller coaster out of control. Adolescents have a limited capacity when it comes to impulse control and regulating their emotions. The part of the brain that is in charge of rational thinking is not fully developed until they are 25 years old. This limitation makes them more prone to impulsive behavior, taking risks, and difficulty in making good decisions. Understanding their emotions, their feelings, and the nature of their impulses is a valuable tool for mental well-being. In mindfulness practices, the person gets to experience and understand the full spectrum of their emotions. Creating changes in self-perception of emotions can help teens slow down and achieve a better balance.
4. Become more compassionate and kind
Statistics indicate that our youth are being less kind to others than previous generations. They are attending schools with more bullying and more violence. These factors are putting our teens at more risk of low confidence, anxiety, and depression. Research has found that compassion can help youth deal better with these challenges. Mindfulness teaches self-compassion and kindness towards others. It also boosts oxytocin in the body. This hormone protects against depression, improving trauma recovery, and reducing the behavior of self-harm. The more your teens learn and practice self-compassion, the more they will be kind to themselves and others.
Mindfulness can teach stressed out teens how to break from negative thinking and learn a new way to manage their emotions. Learning how to stay aware of and focused on the present moment is a great stress reduction skill.
The Stress Reduction for Teens course will show your teen how to build and maintain positive habits to become happier and more resilient. They’ll also learn to cultivate better relationships with themselves and others.
The course will be conducted from Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 13th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily.
For more information or to register, please click here.
Tamy Khan is a happiness & meditation coach, and founder of HappyMeditator.com.
Tamy has a Bachelors degree in Social Work and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work with a specialty in working adults and the elderly. She’s an experienced mental health counselor, group therapist and healthcare manager. Tamy has worked with families, seniors and people suffering from depression, dementia, affective disorders, schizophrenia and addiction problems.
Tamy has spent several years researching the subject of happiness and wellbeing. She’s completed a Happiness Course with the University of Berkley in California. And she’s gained certification in Integrative Restorative Meditation.
Last Updated May 9, 2018