Do you know a teen who is struggling with school work, having trouble focusing, or can’t seem to find a way to stop the negative thoughts? Many, if not all of us, know a few overwhelmed teens. Let’s face it, being a teen is stressful!
I live with two teens and I see clearly that today’s teens are constantly bombarded with information from email, Youtube, various social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok, video games, and more. Most of this trains their brain not to focus or pay attention.
Teaching teens mindfulness will help them learn how to manage stress, how to control their emotions, focus on the task at hand, and develop a positive outlook on life. Teens who practice mindfulness and meditation develop an understanding of how their brain works, which in turn, helps them to live happier and healthier lives.
I know it seems ironic to encourage more screen time for our teens who already seem to spend most of their time with their eyes on a screen. However, since technology is not going away, it’s a good idea to support our teens by sharing with them apps that will help them cope with the stresses of being a teenager in today’s society.
Check out this article Best Meditation Apps For Teens from Popsugar.com. It will undoubtedly help you support and provide suggestions to the teens in your life. Whether your teen is a beginner or an experienced meditator, the right app for your teen can be found in the article.
Julie Braumberger is an elementary school teacher for grades Kindergarten through grade eight, and is licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Notre Dame College. Affectionately called “Mrs. B,” Julie taught third grade in Ohio for more than 10 years before she joined Mind Body Align as the Director of Mindful Education with the mission to find ways to teach children and other teachers how to bring themselves to focused attention and improve their learning. She chose a proven teacher certification program to teach mindful social-emotional learning in schools. Julie developed the MBAwareness Educational Program, a social and emotional learning wellness program for schools which has helped over 90% of teachers and students to manage and reduce stress.