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Is your teen quick to respond?

We all react differently when faced with a stressful situation. Sometimes it's a physical response—feeling sick to your stomach or having a headache. Other times, it's an emotional outburst such as yelling or crying. Teens, especially, may have a more difficult time appropriately responding to a stressful situation. That's where mindfulness comes in. 

Mindfulness is the act of bringing awareness to the present moment by acknowledging and accepting thoughts, feelings and sensations in the body. Mindfulness not only reduces stress, but gently builds an inner strength, so future stressors have less impact on your happiness and physical well-being. 

If your teen is bothered by someone's words or actions, using mindfulness can help him or her from reacting too quickly. It's easy for anyone to get caught up in the moment and fire back without being really aware about what just happened. 

Check out these videos to learn how to use mindfulness in everyday activities. The end result: Being mindful throughout the day will help stressful situations result in a more positive outcome.

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