Many of you might have heard of meditation and thought of it as no more than a nonsensical, spiritual trend sweeping the globe. The reality is that meditation is nothing more than using physical awareness of both the world around you and yourself as a means of calming yourself down and taking time out of your day to appreciate the natural wonders and beauties that we all too often shrug off.
A recent study shows that 49% of students reported feeling a great deal of stress
It is not in any way religious and does not have to be spiritual, nor does it entail your joining a monastery and sitting on a cliff for a month straight. In fact, I’ve meditated before without anyone noticing! (Simply noticing your breath is a form of meditation)
Meditation and mindfulness have both been scientifically proven to drastically improve physical, mental and emotional well-being in a plethora of different ways, from improved focus, sleep, happiness and eating to slowing down ageing!
Get in on the meditation bandwagon
So how does this apply to you? Well, if you’re a teenager, you have probably been stressed or faced some form of pressure at one point or another: A recent study shows that 49% of students reported feeling a great deal of stress and 31% consider themselves to be somewhat stressed. Figures like these have been steadily rising over the past few years (as much as 20% in the last 5 years) and with good reason! The advent of social media and photoshop has brought about proliferating judgemental attitudes and placed incredible pressures onto millennials. It seems impossible to just be a teen nowadays!
Meditating once a day for just ten minutes is enough to make a considerable positive impact on your life. You might start feeling increased focus, concentration, happiness, calm and better sleep, eating, relationships and grades. Since hiring a yogi is
crazy awesome impractical and expensive, I would strongly recommend an app called Headspace – it’s got packs of meditations sessions for just about any topic imaginable (cooking, anxiety, rehab, cancer, SOS, flying, you name it!) and are constantly adding more.
Meditating once a day for just ten minutes is enough to make a considerable positive impact on your life.
Meditation is so effective that some schools have implemented a special class specifically for that and have seen nothing but positive feedback and results:
There’s a school in Dallas, Texas that has been incorporating mindfulness into their curriculum for almost 20 years and tracking their kids’ progress. They’ve accumulated significant data showing the positive effects of incorporating mindfulness into education. Their students are learning essential skills for handling stress, plus improving their memory, capacity to plan and organize, and to feel empathy, all the while improving their test scores.
They then reported that even the teachers enjoyed the benefits of meditation sessions – I suppose we could all use a break every once in a while!
(Pssst… scroll to the bottom to see two fantastic videos on the subject, the second of which is created by Andy Puddicombe, the creator of Headspace)