Turn off the negative self talk with Mindfulness. Practicing Mindfulness allows us to press a pause button and examine the thought and emotion as they present themselves. We come to understand that our thoughts are just thoughts and not 100% reliable and accurate. Begin by taking 3 deep breaths and close your eyes. As thoughts come in, acknowledge them and let them float away. Continue focusing on your breathing, the inhale and the exhale. Feel your stomach rise and fall. In this space you feel calm and relaxed.
Mindfulness meditation a ‘pause button’ for teens
If you find your teen caught in the throes of an emotionally charged FOMO attack, suggest she ask herself a simple question: “What am I making this mean?” In her reaction to a friend’s
You may also suggest a time-out from online surfing. Turn off the cell and the tablet. Teens will balk at being unplugged, but it’s an important step in conquering FOMO. It provides the time and space to take a few breaths and explore a valuable coping mechanism:
Mindfulness is simply being present in the moment in a gentle, nonjudgmental way. When we are able to truly “be” right here, right now, and let go of concerns from the past or fears about the future, the effects are immediately helpful. Mindfulness is a pause button that allows them to consider how they want to respond to a situation before they actually do.
Research has shown that mindfulness can help students perform better on tests, with increased focus and concentration. It can also help turn off the negative self-talk that can get young adults feeling down on themselves. It can enable them to understand that thoughts are just thoughts, and not 100 percent accurate or reliable.
How often does your teen (or any of us) worry about things that never end up happening? Like when your son creates a story about why his girlfriend hasn’t responded immediately to a text: “She’s angry at me …what did I say wrong … I’m such a jerk.” After all this self-imposed turmoil, your teen finds out that the girlfriend was in a place where she had no reception and couldn’t respond. Needless stress!
Learning how to clear the mind and let go of stress can be done by focusing on the breath – a simple mindfulness practice. Here’s how to do it:
Begin by taking three full breaths – slowly and gently. Feel the inflow and exhale of air as your belly rises and falls. Repeat this over and over. As you breathe, feel the spaciousness of simply being present with yourself – without thoughts, without judgment.
As an important role model in your teen’s life, you can help your son or daughter understand how mindfulness and other types of meditation can lead to more skillful living. Let them know that celebrities like
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