Let’s face it. We’re all stressed, and our teenagers are no exception. They have higher expectations to perform better in school, excel in extracurricular activities and community service, and respond to social media. Teens feeling too much stress may experience an impairment in performance (e.g., “freezing up” while taking a test) or feel miserable in the process of performing their task because of the high stress. Finding a “happy medium” of stress is the best way to perform well while maintaining a healthy mind and body. When your teen feels too much stress, it can impact:
Sleep: trouble falling asleep, sleeping too much or too little
Diet: eating too much or too little
Performance: academically or physically
Emotions: irritability, ability to manage emotions appropriately; anxiety or depression can emerge when stress is poorly managed
Physical symptoms: headaches, stomachaches, and even cardiac problems for those experiencing chronic stress
Teens can develop damaging and self-destructive behavior patterns that are difficult to break later in life. Many behaviors and choices are the result of stress and an attempt to self-medicate using drugs, alcohol, electronics, relationships, and food to relieve the new, negative, and misunderstood feelings. Teens are given very little guidance to cope with the whirlwind of chemical changes in their bodies, stress in their lives, and over-stimulation of the digital world. Learning and maintaining physical, spiritual, and emotional balance is of critical importance.The ultimate coping and stabilizing tool is Breathwork. Breathwork is PROVEN to: increase self awareness, reduce cravings, improve mood, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep manage emotions.
On its own, the act of respiration naturally energizes, cleanses, purifies, uplifts and reconnects the human organism to a state of maximum balance as well as higher states of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. breathing signals the parasympathetic nervous system to activate and thus induce relaxation throughout the body. When we pause to breathe deeply, our heart rate slows and our blood pressure decreases. All of this positive activity increases our well being. When our body relaxes as we breathe deeply, our sense of stress diminishes.
This 90 minute workshop is fantastic for teaching breathing techniques that teens can use at home that promote relaxation and manage stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and increase well being.