I spend a lot of time on my phone - I feel like I'm missing out on things.

I wish I could just "live in the moment."

I spend a lot of time on my phone - I feel like I'm missing out on things. Details

I feel way too attached to my phone – like, it freaks me out. I feel like sometimes I don't even realize that I'm scrolling through Twitter or Instagram and I'm just like, “Why am I doing this right now?” My parents give me a lot of crap for being on my phone and I’m starting to understand why. It's like I can't even have a full conversation with them without grabbing my phone and checking Facebook. It's bad. I need to break this “addiction,” but I'm literally clueless as to where I should start…

Every time I sit down to take a test I freak out.

I feel like I completely blank and forget all the information.

Every time I sit down to take a test I freak out. Details

I’m a terrible test-taker. I don’t really understand why because I study really hard for every quiz or test that I have to take. But whenever I get to class and wait for my teacher to hand out the test, I start to forget everything. I get so nervous; I sweat, my legs shake and my stomach feels like it’s tangled into a bunch of knots. Then, once the test is in front of me it’s like I’ve never seen any of the information before – BUT I JUST STUDIED IT THIS MORNING! I’m a good student and I try really hard but my test scores are suffering and I’m realllllly stressed out. I wish I knew how to help myself chill out.

I went to a yoga class with my mom the other day.

I really liked the way I felt afterwards.

I went to a yoga class with my mom the other day. Details

My mom invited me to her yoga class the other day. I’ll admit, I was a little apprehensive at first, but I ended up really enjoying it – especially the meditation portion at the end. I’m pretty tense for a 16 year old and I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I can’t remember ever feeling so relaxed! I literally felt like I was breathing out all of my stress. I was actually kinda bummed when it was over, but my mom told me there are a lot of great guided meditations online. Now I try to meditate multiple times a week. It’s really helped with all the stress of school, sports and friends, but it’s also helped me practice mindfulness and be more in the moment than I was before. Check this website out if you’re interested.

Have you seen the word "mindfulness" a lot recently?

Well, what does it mean to be mindful?

Have you seen the word "mindfulness" a lot recently? Details

Mindfulness is pretty straightforward. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, what you’re doing, who you’re with, and where you are – in simpler terms, “living in the moment.” It may sound silly, but how often do you find yourself doing one thing, and subconsciously thinking or worrying about a zillion other things? Probably more than you actually realize.

So, how does one “be mindful?” Well, the good news is you don’t need to buy anything! However, you have to remember it takes practice and you may find that your mind is still wandering and trying to take over. Find somewhere quiet and comfortable to take a seat, set a time limit, sit in a stable position and breathe – that’s the most important part. Notice when your mind starts to take a walk, but don’t obsess over it, just try to get back to your breathing.

Do you or someone you know need help?

You are not alone in this. We hear you. We're here for you.

Do you or someone you know need help? Details

Practicing mindfulness takes time. Setting aside time a few days a week can help you reduce your stress levels and learn to live in the moment. For some people it can be really helpful to have breathing exercises in their toolbox of coping skills and helps them enjoy their life instead of constantly worrying about what’s going on in the virtual world or somewhere else. If you want to learn more about practicing mindfulness, visit this website.

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