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Mindfulness for Teens

Jenefer Wiltschut (Head of Wellbeing)

Term 3 is an important term for our College. We have a number of significant events happening, the Athletics Carnival, Kolbe Day, subject selections for our Year 10 and 11’s, as well as a lot of ‘lasts’ for our graduating class of 2023, just to name a few. In the busyness of our calendar, it can become challenging for our community to remain focused on their mental health, and keep a good balance of school, work and rest. This week we would like to highlight the benefits of practising mindfulness in supporting your child’s wellbeing.

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, and surroundings in the present moment without judgement. It encourages a state of calm, clarity, and self-acceptance. By embracing mindfulness, our students (and even adults!) can develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, leading to improved emotional regulation and mental well-being.

How to practise mindfulness:

  1. Breathing exercises: Encourage your child to take a few minutes each day to practise deep breathing. Inhaling and exhaling slowly and mindfully can help them centre their thoughts and calm their minds.
  1. Mindful observation: Teach them to engage their senses fully by paying close attention to the details of their surroundings. Whether it’s the taste of their food, the texture of an object, or the sounds around them, this practice helps anchor them in the present moment.
  1. Guided meditation: There are various apps and online resources that offer guided mindfulness meditations specifically designed for teenagers. These can be a great starting point for them to develop their practice.
  1. Encourage breaks during study sessions: Advise your child to take short breaks while studying and use those moments to practise mindfulness. A brief walk outside, a few minutes of stretching, or simply closing their eyes and breathing can re-energise their mind and improve focus.

Mindfulness is a wonderful gift we can offer our teenagers. By integrating mindfulness practices into their daily routines, we can equip them with the tools to manage stress, concentrate better, and foster positive relationships. If you would like to learn more about mindfulness, please follow this link to the Australian Raising Children parenting website : https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/health-daily-care/mental-health/mindfulness

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