Break Free: Releasing Anxiety's Grip
August 28, 2018
Anxiety can feel like an invisible force that holds you back in life. “Learning to face it is an essential part of growing up,” said Mindy Hinton, LIMHP, CHI Health psychotherapist. If your teen is struggling, take deep breaths together to ease the fight-or-flight process. It’s important to acknowledge feelings as real and valid. It’s not helpful for kids to feel they are failing in some way. Practicing mindfulness exercises can ease nerves by helping kids stay present in the moment. “Practicing mindfulness is incredibly empowering for children, and for ourselves,” Hinton said. “It can help kids better manage stress and anxiety when it does occur. It helps with self-regulation, promotes positive emotions and helps grow self-compassion.” If anxiety persists or escalates into panic, seek professional help.
“Just One Breath” Mindfulness Exercise
- Find a relaxing place, sit comfortably and set a timer for one minute.
- Breathe deeply in and out while paying attention to any sensations you notice or sounds you hear.
- Take a slow, deep breath. Imagine the air moving down into your lungs and back up as you exhale.
- Take one more deep breath and hold for a moment, then release it.
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