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How Mindfulness Can Help Teenagers

It’s becoming increasingly common for teenagers to persistently worry about interacting with unfamiliar people or being put in unfamiliar situations. Even depression in teenagers is affecting their academic performance, social status, family life and sexual orientation. In fact, when mental health concerns are flagged, parents are often caught off guard wondering what ‘signs’ they missed. We’ve put together a list of a few red flags that you should be on the lookout for.

Signs that you are struggling with your mental health*

It’s quite normal for teenagers to have mood swings. But where do you draw the line between mood swings and health concerns? Here are some tell-tale signs to look for: 

*This is not, by any means an all-encompassing list. Please consult mental wellness experts for a more detailed understanding.

Now that you know some of the signs, what can you do next to encourage an overall healthy state of mind?

For starters, incorporating breathing exercises, finding a support group early on and expressing these conflicts to trusted friends and family is a good start. However, if you’re looking for a better coping mechanism, Mindfulness Meditation is known to have several benefits for teens with mental & physical concerns including social anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness Meditation is a technique that teaches you to slow down your racing thoughts, let go of negativity and calm your body & mind. It encourages deep breathing and increases your internal awareness. This simple technique can be incorporated any time of day and even on-the-go.

Here’s how you can practice Mindfulness Meditation:

  1. Find a comfortable spot and situate your legs well. Keep your body or your legs in contact with the floor.
  2. Straighten, don’t stiffen, your upper body.
  3. Keep your upper arms parallel to your upper body.
  4. Drop your gaze and let your chin drop forward, gently. 
  5. Be present in the moment.
  6. Feel your breath and choose a focal point. If you find your mind wandering, indulge yourself for a few moments but try to steer your thoughts back to your breathing.
  7. Practice pausing before making any physical adjustments. This means shifting or even itching at a moment you choose.
  8. When you’re ready, lift your gaze and open your eyes.

And that’s it. A few moments of this routine can make a big difference.

Benefits of Meditation for Teens

Meditation for teenagers can prove to be highly beneficial. Here’s how:

Don’t wait for the ‘right time’ to start

As a young adult, it’s always a good idea to check in on yourself and be mindful of how you’re coping. The great part about following a practice such as Mindfulness Meditation is that it doesn’t need one specific reason to incorporate it into your routine. It doesn’t need a problem or issue. It simply needs your time and dedication. So whether you are frantically googling how to deal with social anxiety or how to come out of depression or not, Mindfulness Meditation is still a great add-on to your daily routine.

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