Perhaps your teen is going on age eighteen and getting ready to graduate high school and move out of the house for college next year. She or he has outgrown pediatric health care. Ask your doctor about having your teen become more independent.
“What a great transition, from childhood to adolescence!
And what a milestone, to embark on the journey:
Adolescence to young adulthood.”
~ Dr Margaret Aranda
Now is a great time to your teen to establish an autonomous physician:patient relationship with her first, personal new doctor. It’s a great step to enable and empower your teen to be mindful and in charge of her physical and mental health.
Let her read articles like this one, then discuss options so she learns how to make guided decisions and be on the road to the awesomeness of decision-making. Your homework on this is just before you now, so settle in for an important journey in your young adult’s life.
As this important milestone is before you and your teen, let us be aware that the mindfulness techniques are practiced in many major academic universities that have a medical school. “Excellence in medicine” is something that all health centers strive to achieve.
Here is a October 22, 2016 Tweet by pediatric adolescent medicine specialist Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP of British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital that shows an example of teen mindfulness in action:
“Breathe, breathe into the depths of your lungs, ’cause every single breath is a song being sung.” ~ Dzung X. Vo, MD, FFAP
It may seem that the words, “mindful” and “teen” don’t naturally go together, but they do. Here are 10 General Concepts on Teen Mindfulness:
- What a great opportunity to give your child something that perhaps none of us adults have had: a technique that uses the mind to optimize both physical and mental health.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s 8-week program, used to treat stress and related medical conditions like pain.
- The success of a combination of yoga, mindfulness meditation and body awareness is now used in many health care settings.
- Mindfulness is defined as being a state of awareness of external surroundings, or as a therapeutic technique, mindfulness nurtures one to non-judgmentally concentrate on the present moment. Resilience is enhanced.
- And being mindful and compassionate, loving and sensitive to others always starts with self-love and self-care.
- We want to emphasize this self-love to our young adults, as they are poised to learn coping skills for a lifetime of inner happiness.
- The more your teen knows about such things as good nutrition, exercise, safety, sexuality, life cycles, mental health and good lifestyle habits, the more he or she will say ‘no’ to life-altering choices like early sexuality, smoking, drinking alcohol and depending on drugs of any kind.
- Your teen needs to know that every time she or he makes a choice, there are repercussions.
- As your teen keeps wondering why (s)he should to take advice from you, (s)he should be aware that when (s)he is a parent, her children will also tend to not listen to her own parental advice. This is rather normal, so mindfulness is needed to distinguish the spoken words, even if they come from a parent.
- Here is an example worth consideration:
Visit A Quiet Place with Dr. Amy Saltzman now.
As your teen grows into a young adult, mindfulness is a proven way of fostering mental health and resilience. Let’s take this step-by-step in this Series.
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