Mindfulness: A New Way to Promote Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing By J. Ediae

Introduction: In recent years, mindfulness has become increasingly popular among adults. But did you know that mindfulness is also beneficial for youth mental health and wellbeing? Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of our experiences in the present moment without judgment or opinion. It involves paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and bodily sensations in an impartial way. Research shows that teaching youth mindfulness can help them better manage their emotions, increase their focus and concentration, reduce their stress levels, and improve their overall mental health.

The Benefits of Mindfulness for Youth Mental Health

Mindfulness helps young people build emotional resilience by giving them tools to handle difficult situations with greater ease. By practicing awareness of their thoughts and feelings in the present moment, they learn how to observe these experiences rather than be overwhelmed by them. This helps them develop strategies for self-soothing when feelings become too much to handle on their own. Teaching youth mindfulness also encourages acceptance of who they are as individuals instead of focusing on what they feel they should be doing or how they should act according to society’s expectations. This acceptance can help them form healthier relationship with themselves and others around them.

Mindfulness can also help youth better manage stress and anxiety by promoting healthy coping strategies such as deep breathing exercises or mindful eating practices. These strategies allow young people to be more aware of how they react to stressful situations and give them the tools to respond in healthier ways. It can also help reduce rumination—unhelpful thinking patterns where one obsesses over past events or worries about future outcomes—by reminding young people that life happens in the present moment and there is no use worrying about things outside of one’s control.

Mindfulness practices can also improve concentration levels by helping young people be more aware of distractions in the environment around them so that they can better focus on the tasks at hand. It teaches young people how to bring their attention back into the present moment whenever it wanders off so that they remain focused on completing tasks efficiently without getting side-tracked by extraneous stimuli in the environment around them.


All in all, mindfulness is an incredibly powerful tool for improving mental health among youth by teaching them how to better regulate their emotions, manage stress and anxiety levels, increase focus and concentration, and promote overall wellbeing through self-acceptance. As we move forward into the future, it is important that we continue to advocate for teaching mindfulness practices to our youth so that we can create a generation of emotionally resilient individuals who are equipped with the skills necessary for long-term mental well-being.  For more information about introducing mindfulness into your home or classroom setting, please visit www.gymha.org or inbox jude@gymha.org