Updated: Jun 26
Teens can be quickly bombarded with negative images from the news, movies, and computer games, and technology has become a constant distraction. Being silent and still can make them feel bored and uncomfortable or anxious and disconnected. This can make them want to distract themselves with more activity to the point their nervous systems can become overloaded.
Meditation cultivates the resting response young bodies need for optimal health and healing. It also improves attention to cognitive abilities such as learning, memory and problem-solving.
Teaching children to be mindful and live with a greater level of awareness helps them be more present, self-aware and accepting, and less reactive to stressful situations.
The Benefits of Meditation for Teens
Unlike adults, most children don’t know how to recognise, cope with, or process anxiety and stress unless taught to. Teaching mindfulness and meditation to youths can give them a coping mechanism for the stressors that are part of their everyday lives, rather than turning to alcohol, drugs and self-harm. It can help them:
Recognise their own inner strengths and reses.
Allow the flow of creativity.
Understand and manage stress and emotions (and be more open about them).
Develop an awareness of the importance of mental self-care.
Calm the mind chatter and inner critic.
Relax the body to assist with restful sleep.
Increase focus, concentration and productivity.
Teaching teens the life skills of mindfulness cultivates self-awareness and self-discovery. Living in the present, moment to moment, with a greater level of consciousness, enables them to make thoughtful choices and decisions. Self-awareness cultivates kindness and compassion to themselves, their friends, families, the greater community and the environment.
If you'd like to try a guided meditation for teens click on the button below.
Other Mindfulness and Meditation for Teens Resources
Subscribe to the Meditation Sunshine Coast community to receive a free copy of my Quick Guide to Mindfulness Meditation
Download my Meditations for Kids album (below)
Apply for a spot on my Schoolies Retreat for Girls
Email or call me on 0438 915 830 if you would like to book a workshop for tweens or teens or a one-on-one coaching session. I am trained and qualified in guiding teens through mindfulness and relaxation techniques. My fun and interactive workshops provide a safe space for tweens and teens to learn how to meditate and cultivate inner peace. Whether they are dealing with anxiety, stress, or simply in need of a quiet moment, my workshops can provide a positive mental and emotional outlet.