"Mindfulness allows us to see that our negative thoughts and emotions are just that – thoughts and emotions – not necessarily reality. They are therefore given less weight – they are observed, but not necessarily believed."
- Kristin Neff, Self Compassion.
MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO COPE WITH EXAM STRESS AND EARLY ADULTHOOD CHALLENGES
Young people today, face many more challenges and stressors as compared to past generations. Apart from parents, school / university and societal expectations - that have always been there - constant digital interconnection through social media, as well as global political & economic instability take an extra toll on what it means to be a teenager which, nevertheless, can be a very stressful period of our lives.
Many people – especially teens – have a tendency to see the world in plain black-and-white terms. Either the world is ending or they're sitting on top of it – there's rarely any middle ground for balanced emotions. Teens aren't quite adults yet. They haven't learned how to properly manage negative emotions, high-pressure situations, and responsibilities.
How true is it? When you find yourself lost in worry about a future event (the future could be later today), ask yourself how true is this mental drama after all? To what extent are you over-dramatising the situation because we have a tendency to exaggerate negative emotions?
That's why mindfulness for teens is so important. It doesn't teach them to ignore emotions. Instead, it trains the mind to take a step back and process situations and thoughts before deciding how to act.
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dan Siegel