13 Fun And Calming Mindfulness Activities For Teens

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What are ways that teens can be more mindful?

And how do you present mindfulness and its benefits in a way that won’t get an eye roll, a shrug, or (worse) an “Okay, Boomer”? 

Deep breath.

It turns out the best mindfulness activities for teens are the things many of them already enjoy—with a twist that can make those activities even more enjoyable. 

A mindfulness habit may be just what your teen needs in their life. 

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When Is The Best Time To Meditate?

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Do you want to become a regular meditator but don’t know the ideal time of day for your practice?

As long as you can spare a few minutes a day, you can maintain a daily meditation habit.

You’ll need to attach your practice to a daily trigger to cue you to meditate.

A trigger is an established habit like brushing your teeth in the morning or changing clothes at the end of the workday.

But how do you decide on a good time to meditate that fits with your trigger and your current routines?

Meditation during different times of the day have different benefits.

Let’s take a look so you can discover what works best for you.

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Should You Meditate While Lying Down? Here’s The Scoop

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If you take nothing else from this post, trust that it’s 100% okay to meditate while lying down.

And if that’s the only way you feel calm enough to meditate, you’re far better off lying down than giving up on meditation entirely. 

True, it has its downsides.

But, for many of us, so does the lotus position (even the half-lotus).

And while sitting up is generally the most popular position for meditation, it’s not the only one with both short-term and long-term benefits

Read on to see why. 

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25 Mindfulness Journal Prompts For Present Moment Awareness

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Do you keep a journal?

If not, you might want to consider taking it up as a thoughtful goal for the year.

Journaling has a myriad of benefits such as enhancing creativity, reducing stress, and helping you process and heal your thoughts and feelings.

A journal is also a permanent record of your life journey that you can look back on over the years to see how you have changed and evolved.

This helps you become more self-aware, compassionate, and intentional with your choices and actions.

The daily act of mindful journaling has one other hugely compelling benefit — it is an excellent meditative practice.

  • When you write in your meditation journal, your mind must be fully engaged with your writing. 
  • It forces your brain to slow down to better organize your thoughts and consider the big picture.
  • In the flow of meditation journaling, past regrets and future worries lose their edge.
  • You, your mind, and your pen and paper become one in the present moment.

This state of mindful flow will occur regardless of the topic you are journaling about, as long as you are engaged in the process and find it enjoyable or cathartic.

But . . . you can also use a journal to enhance mindfulness beyond just the act of journaling itself.

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Acceptance Of What Is: 9 Practices To Stop Resisting And Find Inner Peace

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Let’s get one thing out of the way: Acceptance is not passive.

It’s not giving up.

You’re not pledging to be the universe’s doormat.  

The goal is to accept what you cannot change—not what you can.  

Accepting what is doesn’t mean you stop trying to make the world better.

If anything, it frees up energy for doing just that. 

So, what can you do today to stop spinning your wheels and find real peace?  

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The Mindfulness Symbol and Where It Comes From

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Did you know there was a symbol for mindfulness? 

Well, there is, and we think you’ll like it.

In fact, we’re counting on you liking it so much you’ll want to make it part of your daily life, especially when you learn more about it. 

Read on to learn more about the mindfulness symbol and its origins.

Then enjoy our list of 11 creative uses for it. 

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8 Of The Best Mindfulness Journals

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Mindfulness turns down the pressure that you feel regarding future concerns or past regrets.

It pulls you entirely into the present moment, allowing you to appreciate and savor your experiences.

The concept arises from meditation practices in which you focus on the here and now without judgment

Mindful breathing and guided imagery can release stress from the body and help you relax. 

Writing exercises, also known as mindfulness journaling, can produce similar results.

With the right mindfulness journal, you can battle feelings of anxiety and find more gratitude in daily life.

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15 Must-Try Ideas For Mindful Writing And Meditation Journaling

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Whatever your background, mindfulness meditation is accessible to everyone.

But have you ever kept a guided meditation journal — or any kind of meditation journal?

What does writing have to do with meditation, anyway?

Doesn’t writing have to do with thinking?

And aren’t you supposed to have a quiet mind to reap the benefits of meditation?

As you’ll see further on with our meditation journaling examples, writing and meditation are more alike than you might think. 

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How To Meditate Properly + Guided Meditation

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Often when people consider meditation, they have a vague sense it’s something they should be doing, but they aren’t exactly sure why.

And the “should” part makes it just another self-improvement obligation, like eating more vegetables.

Sitting on the floor thinking about nothing seems like a big fat waste of time, especially if you’ve tried it once or twice and figured out how difficult it is to quiet your mind.

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7 Mindful Parenting Tips To Enrich Your Family Life

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It’s easy to lose your cool when one of your kids does something you’ve told him not to do a million times before.

It’s especially easy when you’re already feeling weighed down by worries and irritations that have been piling up in your internal world.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Being mindful is great when you’ve got time to relax, but when you feel agitated and justifiably frustrated with your kids, who has time to be mindful?”

Mindful parenting isn’t just for those moments when you’re about to lose your cool.

In fact, practicing mindfulness as a parent can help you stave off many of the situations that trigger emotional outbursts in your child and you.

And the more you make time to practice mindfulness as a parent — and teach your kids to do the same — the more time you create to enjoy the fruits of this habit.

Once you learn how to be a mindful parent (and what that actually means), you’ll wonder why you didn’t learn about it sooner.

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