Simple mindfulness practices for teens that build self-esteem, grow compassion, and reduce stress.
This accessible, user-friendly toolbox for teens introduces them to mindfulness practice and shows them how it can ease their fears and anxieties, reduce their impulsivity, help them develop a more measured response to the stressors around them, and build strong relationships. In fifty very short activity "chapters," mindfulness teacher and family therapist Gina Biegel offers meditations, breathing and thought exercises, and stress-reducing solutions that can be done as an ongoing practice or in the moment.
The book is divided into three parts. Part One introduces mindfulness and builds an understanding and foundation for going forward. It invites the reader to begin to integrate mindfulness into their life in quick and easy ways. Part Two offers activities for teens to build mindful relationships with themselves and with others. This section focuses on compassion, acceptance, respect, and self-esteem--qualities that are tremendously important for teens to learn as early as possible. Planting these seeds will allow teens to flourish and build more balanced relationships. Part Three includes activities that focus on the cognitive aspect of mindfulness. Teens learn how to use mindfulness to manage difficulties they have in thinking (judgments, negative coping) and reactivity. Self-regulation is an important skill for teens to learn, and mindfulness is a first step to responding consciously rather than reacting automatically.
Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over a decade. She created MBSR-T to help teens in a large HMO’s outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry whose physical and psychological symptoms were not responding satisfactorily to a multitude of other evidence-based practices. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is the author of Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life (Shambhala, 2017), The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (2nd Ed., New Harbinger, 2017) and the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens (PESI, 2016). She also has a mindfulness practice audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens, to complement the MBSR-T program; provides worldwide multiday trainings and intensive ten-week online trainings; and works with teens and families individually and in groups. Her work has been featured on CNN and Reuters, and in the New York Times.
Financial: Gina M. Biegel is the founder and owner of Stressed Teens. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is published by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Gina M. Biegel has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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