Create Healthy Habits To Support Well-Being
Mondays July 8th-August 12th 8:30PM-9:00PM EST
Teenagers in the 21st century are facing an incredible amount of pressure. College admission planning often starts as early as the seventh grade. On top of this, social media presents unrealistic standards for body image, economic success, and social popularity which far outpace the social pressures teenagers faced before the digital age.
Students are lacking the skills to support themselves during times of stress. When they lack the skills and are feeling overwhelmed who and what do they turn to for support?
It’s important for youth to learn tools to not only help them cope with challenging times, but thrive in spite of the stress and support their well being.
Monday nights, July 8 through August 12, 2019
8:30-9:00 pm EST
This course teaches skills that increase resilience in the face of stress. During the 6 weeks students will learn to identify stressors in their life as well as in-the-moment practices to support their well being. We will meet once a week online for 30 minutes. Classes will be recorded and can be viewed at a later date.
Frequently teens hold themselves to a different standard than their peers and judge themselves more harshly for the negative events in their lives. Self compassion is the ability to correct this by valuing our own human experience, recognizing our needs, and learning how we can meet them.
Many teens develop the unhealthy habit of negative self talk. With an awareness that not every thought we think is true about ourselves and others it empowers us to decide what we want to believe about ourselves and others and develop healthy habits of mind.
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How Compassion Practices Can Support Well-Being
In her book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, Dr. Kristin Neff states, “The research conducted over the past decade show that self-compassion is a powerful way to achieve emotional well-being and contentment in our lives. By giving ourselves unconditional kindness and comfort while embracing the human experience, difficult as it is, we avoid destructive patterns of fear, negativity, and isolation. At the same time, self-compassions fosters positive mind states such as happiness and optimism, The nurturing quality of self-compassion allows us to flourish, to appreciate the beauty and richness of life, even in hard times. When we soothe our agitated minds with self-compassion, we’re better able to notice what’s right as well as what’s wrong, so that we can orient ourselves toward that which gives us joy.”
According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, “the future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and brain. Such toxic stress can have damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan.”
Thankfully, the fields of neuroscience, yoga, and mindfulness have made tremendous progress in this area, providing us with the skills to effectively manage these sources of stress.
Over the past 6 years, I've been gifted with the opportunity to share these skills with children of all ages in the classroom.
Now, I'm excited to be able to help teens across the country using a web based course. I'm inviting your teens to join me for a weekly live web course.
Here are what some teens have said about practices they learned from previous courses:
“I had a Spanish test last week and I started freaking out but then I took deep breaths. I took longer exhales than inhales like we learned in the first session. I realized that I had plenty of time to finish and that I knew the topic. I felt more sure of myself after practicing the breath work.”- Isabella, 15
“The exercise (body scan) helped calm a mini panic attack.”- Olivia, 16
“After a session on connecting to my body I felt more empowered to study for my upcoming test.”- Athina, 14
“During and after the practice I felt more grounded- like I was able to connect with reality more and come out of my head.”- Junia, 15