4 Mindfulness and Confidence Tips For Teens
By Heather Delaney Reese, It’s a Lovely Life. Heather Delaney Reese is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®
I want my daughters to believe that the sky is the limit for them, and I try to ingrain that kind of enthusiasm and confidence in them. That doesn’t mean that they won’t have their fair share of tough times and emotional challenges – that’s part of the territory, and a natural part of growing up. But instilling a strong sense of self-worth, confidence and purpose will help them weather any tough times ahead, and will give them strong personal foundations for the rest of their lives. Here’s how I try to do that for my two girls.
1. Help Them be Passionate About Something
Self-confidence starts from the inside out, and that means having a healthy mind and body. I encourage my daughters to enjoy their hobbies and make time out of their day to do something they love. One of my daughters loves to work out and the other loves to read novels, so we help them make time in their busy schedules to do those things. Besides, doing what you love can help put your mind at ease when you’re under stress.
2. Give Them Specific Affirmations
Everybody needs a reminder that they are doing well, which is why positive affirmations play such an important role in building up your teen’s self-confidence. This can be as simple as me leaving notes on their mirrors sharing what they are doing well or talking with them to help them identify what they’re proud of in their life. Small and consistent affirmations like this can be mighty powerful!
3. Find Space to Reflect and Relax
Teens will sometimes experience a great deal of stress, whether it’s studying for exams, juggling sports and extracurricular activities, or finding time to be with the family. When you’re stuck in between so many external variables, it’s hard to sit down to just be still. One thing I noted has made a difference is meditation and mindfulness. I teach my girls there’s nothing more important than their mental health, so I help them find a quiet space where they can fully relax, practice their breathing and more. It’s small habits like this that will help them develop a healthy routine for when they’re older!
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4. Help Them Take Care of Themselves Physically
How we care for ourselves reflects how we feel about ourselves. From eating right to keeping their smiles bright, self-confidence also comes from knowing that they value their healthy, hygiene and appearance and are practicing positive self-care. It may seem simple, but physical self-care goes a long way! Encouraging and reminding them to do the big things, like exercising or getting outside somehow, to the little day-to-day things like brushing their teeth and maintaining healthy, clean skin, these are all small steps in your everyday self-care routine that make a difference to your mental, physical and emotional being.
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Heather Delaney Reese is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®