Defining mindfulnessHow much do you know about mindfulness? With origins in Buddhism, mindfulness is the ability to feel fully present in the moment. To be acutely aware of what we’re doing, where we are, and to not feel overwhelmed or reactive to the things going on in our environment. Anxiety can often involve negative thinking about the future. Mindfulness encourages you to focus on the right now, the today, and not tomorrow. There are a few types of mindfulness that you can integrate into your day, including:
- Short pauses of mindfulness meditation that can be inserted into daily life.
- Combining mindfulness meditation with other activities, such as yoga or running.
- Standing, seating, or moving meditation.
Mindfulness in your daily routineIt can be a challenge for a busy teen to fit in a full 30-minute or full-hour meditation session every day. Building mindfulness practices into your daily routine can help bring a struggling teen back to the things that truly matter. This can be accomplished with just a few minutes in the day.
1. Go device-free when waking upUpon waking up, before picking up a smartphone or looking at TV and other devices, take just a few minutes to focus.
- Sit on the edge of the bed, in a relaxed position.
- Close your eyes and focus on each of your body’s sensations.
- Take a few deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Focus on your breathing; focus on being in that moment.