What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness [is] paying attention on purpose in the present moment and without judgment. Other definitions of mindfulness are about bringing your heart and mind together, and paying attention with an attitude of curiosity, self-compassion, and kindness.
Why should teenagers practice Mindfulness?
Growing up today is very difficult. Teens are overwhelmed with stress from school and families, from pressures, from expectations. Social media is constantly drawing their attention. [This often leads to stress-related health issues such as] depression, anxiety, health-risk behaviours, school problems, family problems and chronic pain, for example.
How can parents encourage their teens to practice Mindfulness?
The most important thing parents can do is to learn and practice mindfulness themselves. Teenagers are very sensitive to hypocrisy by adults, and if an adult tells a teen to do something they are not doing themselves, most teens are not going to respond very well.
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Article from https://news.ubc.ca/2015/04/07/how-mindfulness-can-benefit-the-modern-teenager/ (shortened)