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Health Information For Teens
Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means taking your time to really notice what you’re doing.
Mindfulness happens naturally sometimes. Let’s say you’re getting ready to take a foul shot in basketball. You carefully position your feet at the line. You look up at the hoop and feel the ball in your hands. Taking your time, you bounce the ball a couple of times. You tune out all the other sounds and take your shot. Swoosh — yes! That’s mindfulness in action.
Mindfulness helps you do your best at things. It helps you:
Training the mind takes practice. The more you practice mindfulness skills, the better you get at being mindful.
If you practice mindfulness skills, being mindful begins to come naturally when you need it in your everyday life. This can help you feel calmer when you’re stressed, or more focused when you have to do something difficult or complicated.
When you practice mindfulness skills, you’re training your attention. Practicing mindfulness can improve attention for just about everybody — including people who have ADHD, or who think they have trouble paying attention.
Mindfulness skills are easy to practice and just take a few minutes a day. Here are the basic steps:
That’s it! There are lots of other ways to practice mindfulness, like eating mindfully or even mindful walking. Try picking different things to focus on that help you practice training your attention.
Being mindful helps people do better in just about every part of life, like focusing on homework or feeling less stressed out. This article for teens has 5 exercises to practice building mindfulness skills.
People who do a good job of managing emotions know that it’s healthy to express their feelings, but that it matters how they express them. Get tips in this article for teens.
Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. These tips for teens can help you tap into yoga’s stress-reducing benefits.
Breathing and meditation techniques can have subtle but powerful effects on everything from stress to sports performance. Try these four techniques.
Choosing your mood means being in control of it instead of feeling like it’s controlling you. Here are tips on how to create the right mood to help you succeed at what you’re trying to do.
Emotions help us relate to other people, know what we want, and make choices. Even “negative” emotions are useful. Find out how to understand emotions and use them effectively.
Breathing exercises help us slow down and relax. Let our audio recordings coach you through 3 simple breathing exercises: finger-count breathing, smiling breath, and belly breathing.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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