Mindfulnessenteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/Mindfulness_enHD_1.jpgMindfulness helps people do their best at things, whether that's focusing on a task or getting along with others. This article for teens has details on practicing mindfulness so you can make it work for you. mind, body, focus, self, control, relax, calm, practice, patience, attention, train, breathe, breathing, meditate, meditation11/20/201712/06/201712/06/2017D'Arcy Lyness, PhD11/17/20179184ee67-ba87-46eb-b0e3-f2fb5b21a950https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mindfulness.html/<h3>What Is Mindfulness?</h3> <p>Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means taking your time to really notice what you're doing.</p> <p>Mindfulness happens naturally sometimes. Let's say you're getting ready to take a foul shot in basketball. You carefully position your feet at the line. You look up at the hoop and feel the ball in your hands. Taking your time, you bounce the ball a couple of times. You tune out all the other sounds and take your shot. Swoosh &mdash; yes! That's mindfulness in action.</p> <h3>Why Do People Need Mindfulness?</h3> <p>Mindfulness helps you do your best at things. It helps you:</p> <ul> <li>pay attention better</li> <li>be less distracted</li> <li>learn more</li> <li>stay calm under stress</li> <li>avoid getting upset too easily</li> <li>slow down instead of rush</li> <li>listen better to others</li> <li>be more patient</li> <li>get along better</li> <li>gain self-control</li> <li>get tasks finished</li> <li>feel happier and enjoy things more</li> </ul> <h3>How Does Mindfulness Work?</h3> <p>Training the mind takes practice. The more you practice mindfulness skills, the better you get at being mindful.</p> <p>If you practice mindfulness skills, being mindful begins to come naturally when you need it in your everyday life. This can help you feel calmer when you're stressed, or more focused when you have to do something difficult or complicated.</p> <p>When you practice mindfulness skills, you're training your attention. Practicing mindfulness can improve attention for just about everybody &mdash; including people who have <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/adhd.html/">ADHD</a>, or who think they have trouble paying attention.</p> <h3>How Do I Get Started?</h3> <p>Mindfulness skills are easy to practice and just take a few minutes a day. Here are the basic steps:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Sit in a relaxed, comfortable position. Pick something to focus your attention on, like a word you repeat in your head or your breathing.</li> <li>Let's say you decide to focus on your breathing. Breathe normally while you simply pay attention to your breath. If you want, you can close your eyes. As you breathe in and out, just notice each breath. Pay attention in an easy way&nbsp;&mdash; on purpose, but not forced.</li> <li>Notice when your mind wanders away from paying attention to your breath. Maybe you start thinking about what's for lunch, or whether you remembered to bring your soccer gear, or that funny joke someone told after math class. That's your mind wandering and getting distracted. It's natural, minds do that all the time!</li> <li>Whenever you notice your attention has wandered, gently guide your attention back to your breathing again. That's how you train your attention.</li> <li>Keep breathing, keep relaxing, keep paying easy attention to your breathing. Keep bringing your attention back to the breathing every time your mind wanders. Try to do this for 5 minutes.</li> </ol> <p>That's it! There are lots of other <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mindful-exercises.html/">ways to practice</a> mindfulness, like eating mindfully or even mindful walking. Try picking different things to focus on that help you practice training your attention.</p>Conciencia plena (Mindfulness)La conciencia plena significa prestar atención completamente a una cosa. Significa tomarte el tiempo para verdaderamente darte cuenta de lo que estás haciendo.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/teens/mindfulness-esp.html/5e9c3146-1f14-4189-ab3e-4c56953920c6
Choosing Your MoodChoosing your mood means being in control of it instead of feeling like it's controlling you. Here are tips on how to create the right mood to help you succeed at what you're trying to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/choose-mood.html/635c789b-f333-458b-a1a6-714afae776b4
Managing Your Emotional ReactionsPeople who do a good job of managing emotions know that it's healthy to express their feelings, but that it matters how they express them. Get tips in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/emotional-reactions.html/bdd52cf2-b86b-4cba-b2a3-1a4cc5b658f1
Mindfulness ExercisesBeing mindful helps people do better in just about every part of life, like focusing on homework or feeling less stressed out. This article for teens has 5 exercises to practice building mindfulness skills.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mindful-exercises.html/f71569f0-c5bb-4f04-bcd6-9e24da0fe12f
Relaxation Exercises: Breathing BasicsBreathing exercises help us slow down and relax. Let our audio recordings coach you through 3 simple breathing exercises: finger-count breathing, smiling breath, and belly breathing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/relax-breathing.html/6fe32b64-be41-42fb-b27d-271ad08e1dae
Understanding Your EmotionsEmotions help us relate to other people, know what we want, and make choices. Even "negative" emotions are useful. Find out how to understand emotions and use them effectively.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/understand-emotions.html/a34102e2-8f42-4764-8eba-708d9c55e09d
Yoga for Stress ReliefYoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. These tips for teens can help you tap into yoga's stress-reducing benefits.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/yoga-stress.html/c2bce681-d891-4c0c-9d12-99b24e785d34
Yoga: Meditation and BreathingBreathing and meditation techniques can have subtle but powerful effects on everything from stress to sports performance. Try these four techniques.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/meditation.html/bfcd9d12-50b2-49d9-8491-26bc303f8c66
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