Being a teenager has it’s ups and downs. And unfortunately without proper support, subsequent years can be equally as challenging. So what’s a teenager to do? Well if you have a good support system that helps. Even better is one that promotes the use of mind body centering techniques like meditation to give you the tools that not only help you to navigate through those difficult years, but that will leave you in good stead for the rest of your life.
Rick Nauert, in this Psych Central post, discusses the results of a University of Cambridge study in which mindfulness meditation was found to help teenage boys with both their attitude and overall sense of well being. According to Nauert, benefits were directly proportional to the amount of time participants practiced meditation.
The researchers found that although it was a short program, the students who participated in the mindfulness training had increased levels of wellbeing which were proportional to the amount of time the students spent practicing their new skills.
Professor Huppert continued: “We believe that the effects of mindfulness training can enhance wellbeing in a number of ways. If you practice being in the present, you can increase positive feelings by savouring pleasurable ongoing experiences.
“Additionally, calming the mind and observing experiences with curiosity and acceptance not only reduces stress but helps with attention control and emotion regulation – skills which are valuable both inside and outside the classroom.”
The success of this initial study has recently led to the creation of an exciting eight-week mindfulness curriculum for schools in both the state and private sectors. This new curriculum, which includes games and video clips, should have even greater benefits.
Read more on the mindfulness meditation study here.