Our children are living increasingly demanding, stressful lives loaded with pressures that didn’t exist for prior generations. Stress and challenging emotions show up every day at home and in school. Depression, anxiety, and sleep and attention problems are commonplace, tempting many (particularly tweens and teens) to experiment with drugs or alcohol. When this happens, our youth need tools to help them navigate how they are feeling, respond thoughtfully, and cope in healthy ways.
Mindfulness training provides a toolbox that helps youth build more self-awareness and cultivate inner resilience. It teaches them powerful skills to manage stress in healthy ways and navigate everyday challenges more effectively. More importantly, mindfulness practices help our youth develop healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness and happiness by teaching them to live life more fully with kindness, compassion, and curiosity.
Through mindfulness training, youth learn how to manage difficult feelings, grow in self-acceptance, and improve their overall well-being.