Being a teen is stressful! Whether it’s school, friends, or dating, the teen years are full of difficult changesboth mentally and physically. If you're like many teens, you may have difficulty dealing with stress in effective ways. You aren’t alone, and there are things you can do to stay calm, no matter how stressful life becomes. All you need to do is stop, breathe, and be mindful and aware in the present moment.
The Mindful Teen offers a unique program based in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to help you deal with stress. The simple, practical, and easy-to-remember tips in this book can be used every day to help you handle any difficult situation more effectivelywhether it’s taking a test at school, having a disagreement with your parents, or a problem you are having with friends.
If you’re ready to uncover your own inner strength and resilience through mindful awareness and take charge of your life, this book will show you how.
About the Author
Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children's Hospital, and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. His medical practice, teaching, and research emphasize promoting resilience in young people to help them thrive in the face of complex stress and adversity. He has helped to develop and teach mindfulness training programs for youth with chronic stress, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. You can find him online at www.mindfulnessforteens.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Dealing with Stress 1
Part 1 Stepping Into Your Mindful Path: Core Mindfulness Skills
1 Stress, Health, and Coping 11
2 Wake Up Now! Autopilot vs. Awareness 23
3 Opening Your Heart and Mind to Free Yourself From Stress 35
4 Feeling Your Own Strength: Sitting Like a Mountain 45
5 Embracing the Now 59
6 Caring for Your Body: The Body Scan 73
7 Everyday Mindfulness: Finding Freedom Wherever You Are 85
8 Mindfulness in Motion 99
9 Seeing Your Thoughts as Only Thoughts 107
Part 2 Applying Mindfulness: Handling Stressful Situations
10 The Art of Stress: Handling Difficult Emotions 121
11 Handling School Stress 135
12 Building Mindful Friendships and Romantic Relationships 147
13 Handling Conflict with Other Teens 159
14 Mindful Peacemaking at Home 171
15 The Power of Mindfulness in Sports, Music, and the Arts 179
16 Mindfulness to Help You Sleep 187
Part 3 Your Life Journey
17 Self-Compassion Means Taking Care of Yourself 199
18 Putting Your Life on a Mindful Path 209
Vo resides in Vancouver, Canada.