Each day our teens face a rollercoaster ride of emotions, competition in academics, sports, relationships (social media "likes"), and an overwhelming sense of not being good enough. Mindfulness practices help them see that they are 'enough' just as they are right now. We always continue to learn and grow our skills; however, we are not broken, in need of fixing. Teens often struggle with awareness of choice, sometimes succumbing to peer pressure and developing unhealthy habits. Mindfulness helps teens cultivate healthy habits, manage their thoughts, adjust their perspectives, learn to be kind to themselves, and to live with appreciation of the world around them.
Standardized Test Anxiety:
High School Students experiencing test anxiety when preparing for, or taking, SAT/ACT Exams can benefit from establishing their own mindfulness practice. Mindfulness will help them to combat the worry cycle that can cause them to "freeze" during tests. They also learn to "bounce back" when tripped up on a question and be better able to stay focused throughout the remainder of the exam.
College-bound Seniors who have some natural trepidation about transitioning to college will benefit from cultivating a personal mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness can give them a sense of stability when embarking on uncharted territory, decreasing feelings of stress and tension, and increasing confidence in their ability to adjust to life and to balance studies on campus.
Mindfulness can help students study more efficiently (decreasing distractions) and stay healthy (managing stress and strengthening their immune system). Why not be proactive and position yourself for success and happiness in this exciting new environment.
Tap the picture above to view the video "Release" and listen to Middle School Students share their experiences and how mindfulness has helped them.
"You perfect your technique, get stronger, faster, and build endurance, but still something is keeping you from reaching your full potential....."
'In practice you have no problem performing your best, hitting your shots, making the goals, running for touchdowns, or getting your best times; but, in the intensity of the game/meet, your nerves get in the way.....'
'You make mistakes on the field, have a bad race, come up short and it changes the course of the game....you beat yourself up letting it effect your next opportunity to perform....'
These are common athlete scenarios....Mindfulness helps to quiet the internal chatter and allow an athlete to focus on the only thing he or she can control - his or her execution, RIGHT NOW. Mental training helps an athlete learn to release him or herself from what just happened, come back, and get centered again.
"The ability to bounce back from disappointment (resiliency) allows athletes to more quickly return to the present experience, and have another chance at a successful moment in sports!" (George Mumford)
Mindfulness is a form of mental training that is often practiced in professional sports. Why not start this training with athletes at a younger age? High school and college players would definitely benefit....even introducing mindfulness in youth sports could help to lay the foundation for more confident and resilient athletes down the road!