Being a teenager is such a transformative time in a person’s life.
For years, teenagers bridge the gap between being a kid and being an adult. Social expectations begin to change, emotions are everywhere, and life begins to unfold without offering much sense of where it’s headed.
Being a teenager can feel chaotic, so being mindful is incredibly hard to do during this time. Truth be told, it’s hard for adults to master mindfulness as well.
Being present and taking note of your emotions and the sensations around you is not a simple task. For teenagers who are in such an intense period in their lives, it can be even harder.
Just like anything else, it takes time to learn mindfulness. However, mindfulness tools can be instrumental for teens at this point in their lives.
1. Knowing the Line Between Hormones and Mental Health
Teenagers can be moody, but that is a product of all the hormones coursing through their bodies. Hormones can cause mood swings and imbalances that can cause a person to feel emotional, irritable, or sad,
It’s important for teenagers to know the difference between normal hormonal changes and struggling with their mental health. There are many resources to help parents and teens get help with any mental health concerns. They should be encouraged to communicate their feelings with those who can assist them.
If stress, depression, or anxiety are making everyday tasks difficult, it could mean there is a serious mental health concern. Depression and anxiety can be treated, regardless of the cause. Teens should understand that if they are struggling or thinking about hurting themselves, this is not a normal part of being a teenager and they should seek help.
Being mindful about mental health is something teens can develop through education, talking to a parent, or seeking out their school counselor.
2. Taking Time to Unplug
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Another way that teens can develop mindfulness is to take some time each day to unplug. In the digital world, it’s unrealistic to ask anyone, especially a teenager, to completely lose their attachment to technology. However, being mindful about tech use can help increase their ability to be present in the moment.
Charging phones in the living room instead of the bedroom, having the dinner table be a phone-free zone, or getting outside, away from cell service, can be a few ways to do this.
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