Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - MBSR
In today’s world, children and teens are under more pressure and experiencing higher levels of stress than ever before. The stresses of school, extracurricular activities, and even daily family life can make kids feel overwhelmed and distracted. For teens, an increasing demand in technology, academic preparation and life transitions often result in physical and emotional stressors that can affect their well-being. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has proven to be an effective way to develop appropriate coping strategies in managing stress and restoring health and balance. MBSR teaches the art of living in the present moment in a non-judgmental way. This is achieved through simple meditation practices including breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation practices, visualization and loving-kindness meditations designed to reduce the challenges of everyday stressors.
In the last few years, mindfulness has emerged as a way of treating children and adolescents with conditions ranging from ADHD to anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, depression and stress. A growing body of evidence suggests that mindfulness practice can help children cultivate empathy, as well as skills for concentration and impulse control. In short, mindfulness can help your child or teen learn the art of resilience - a skill that will last a lifetime.