A Guide to Practicing Mindfulness with Your Kids 2

Benefits of mindfulness for adolescents

Benefits of mindfulness for adolescents

The benefits of mindfulness go beyond childhood. According to the National Library of Medicine, adolescents who practice mindfulness have shown improvement in their mental health and emotional disorders. 

Here’s how mindfulness can help adolescents:

Boosts Self-Esteem
Self-esteem among teens is a vital tool that allows them to take on new opportunities, avoid health risks, and solve problems. 

However, low self-esteem can significantly hinder a successful life by causing young people to feel unmotivated or that they lack value.

Mindfulness can be an excellent option for teens struggling with low self-esteem. By focusing on the present moment without being judgmental, mindfulness can help improve levels of compassion, happiness, and overall well-being.

Increases Empathy and Optimism
Mindfulness helps in creating an optimistic mentality among adolescents, which helps to improve mental health and make life healthier and more successful. Empathy and optimism help to enhance awareness, attention, and memory.

Through mindfulness, teenagers also develop self-awareness, and they begin to understand the consequences of their actions. Additionally, mindfulness allows teens to acknowledge their feelings, preventing them from being overwhelmed by them.

Mindfulness-based practices also help adolescents feel more refreshed, excited, and happy. They can also assist with improving assertive communication skills, hopefully reducing passivity and aggression when interacting interpersonally.

Enhances Emotional Regulation Skills
Adolescents with low emotional regulation skills may struggle with their emotions, resulting in destructive behavior. 

Strong emotional regulation skills are essential in helping adolescents solve problems, make effective decisions, and attain their goals. 

Through mindfulness, teens can learn how to manage their emotions by calming them down. As a result, they can think more clearly while preventing emotional impulses. 

Improves School Behavior
Teaching mindfulness in schools helps prevent the adverse effects of stress among teens, improves their attentiveness, and curbs behavior problems. Mindfulness also helps adolescents to be more aware of their feelings and thoughts. As a result, they can easily communicate their issues of concern that could otherwise lead to unwanted behaviors.

Prevents Stress, Anxiety, and Depression 
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 31% of U.S. adolescents aged 13-18 suffer from anxiety disorders.

Mindfulness helps adolescents concentrate on the present moment instead of thinking of past and future events. As a result, it prevents the worry and rumination that may lead to stress or anxiety. Additionally, mindfulness helps reduce the way people react to their thoughts, preventing the effects of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Courtesy of Grow Therapy

Grow Therapy believes everyone deserves access to affordable therapy, no matter who you are or where you’re at on your mental health journey. We're here to help you learn, heal, and grow by providing you with resources and connecting you with therapists who fit your needs.

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