Mindfulness and Personal Development classes for Teens

The world is shifting from toxic, unnatural and stressful ways to organic, natural and more peaceful living.  But where does it all begin?  It begins with us.  As a result we are responsible to pass knowledge on to our children.  We are all aware that children, and especially our “screenagers”, are suffering more and more from  ADHD, depression, anxiety, social media bullying, technological addictions and much more.  Around us we see our kids stressed out, burnt out and worn out.  Because of this, there is a need for kids to switch off.

happy boy with cellphoneThe constant bombardment of social media and the increase in demands on their time, our kids are feeling the pressure.  Hence, Mindful Me addresses the need for calm, peaceful and mindful practise.  During each Mindful Me class your child will learn how to find calmness, focus and in their stressful worlds.  They will learn what mindfulness is and how to practise it.  The class will also be a great support group to talk about issues that come up in their day to day experiences.  They will also explore a world of self discovery.  Who am I?  Where do I fit in? Self discovery leads to mindfulness and mindfulness in return leads to self discovery.  A beautiful cycle into the self.  This process will develop a better understanding of the self and the world leading to higher empathy and EQ (emotional intelligence).

The aim of Mindful Me is to train children and teens on how to become more balanced and mindful individuals.  They will take time for relaxation, meditation and mindfulness practise as well as explore the world of self development.

Together we can assist our children in becoming more balanced and mindful individuals.

Benefits of mindfulness for students

Mentally and emotionally:

  • reduces stress, anxiety and reactiveness
  • minimises “bad”, unwanted behaviours
  • improves sleep
  • increases self-esteem and confidence
  • increases ability to manage emotional states
  • higher EQ (emotional intelligence)
  • more peaceful
  • deeper relaxation
  • greater empathy, respect and mindfulness of others

Cognitive development:

  • deeper, stronger focus and concentration
  • expands creativity and free thinking
  • improves working memory and visuospatial memory
  • uses existing knowledge more effectively
  • enhanced problem solving and reasoning skills
  • hence possibility for better results in exams and school performance

Therefore one of the most powerful benefits for the individual is a greater sense of well-being which in turn leads to a more positive, happier and healthier person.happy teenagers in a group

Look at what www.mindfulnessinschools.org have to say about the science behind mindfulness:

Changing the structure of the brain

These changes are not all in the imagination of the meditator. Brain imaging studies on adults are showing that mindfulness meditation reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of both thought and feeling. It produces greater blood flow too, and a thickening of, the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration (Davidson, 2008). Although the most striking changes are observable in long term meditators, brain changes are clearly observable in people who have only been meditating for eight weeks for an average of under half an hour a day.

In these subjects, imaging showed increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection. Participant- reported reductions in stress were also correlated with decreased grey-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress (Hozel et al, 2011). Although studies have not yet been done on children’s brains there is no reason to suppose the changes would not be similar.”

In conclusion.

mindful girl at deskMindfulness has also been shown to contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills in both children and teenagers. For example when young pupils learn to be more ‘present’ and less anxious, they often find they are able to pay attention better and improve the quality of their performance whether in the classroom, on the sports field, or in the performing arts. Therefore with mindfulness training they often become more focused, more able to approach situations from a fresh perspective, use existing knowledge more effectively, and pay attention in all aspects of their lives.

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