"Mindfulness is a tool that anyone can use at any time. It encourages us to slow down, accept things as they are, cope well with problems or difficulties, and simply appreciate what's in our life right now." (CMHA BC) With regular practice, mindfulness can help you manage stress.
You have probably already experienced moments of natural mindfulness, when the only thing that mattered was the present moment—the past and the future seemed to disappear—and you were filled with gratitude for being alive. Maybe this happens for you when you play sports. Or maybe you experience this kind of awareness when you play a musical instrument, when you pet your dog or cat gently, or when you listen to your favorite song. (Mindfulness for Teens)
Calm in the Storm - This FREE app teaches you to identify stress in your life and manage it with personalized recommendations and audio relief sessions.
Stop, Breath, Think - This FREE app leads you through mindfulness exercises based on your current physical, mental, and emotional state. (Some in-app purchases available)
HEADSPACE - Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day. Foundation Course Level 1 is FREE (much more available with a paid subscription).
Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises - "Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?" Try these guided meditations and exercise to increase your self-compassion.
Mindfulness for Teens - "Being a teen can be really stressful! Mindfulness is a powerful way to handle stress, and live life more fully... This website provides information, tools, and resources to help you get started."
* Note: These apps/sites sometimes use the term meditation. Meditation in this context does not have to be religious, but it can be. You may find it helpful to replace the term meditation with Biblical meditation or prayer.
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