It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we knew it. Tweens and teens continue to experience a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, and fear. If not taken care of, these feelings can take a toll on health and well-being. We are all seeing more and more everyday the drastic changes happening in teens nowadays due to the pandemic and we want to help!
We can’t control the course of the pandemic but we can help teens by modeling good coping skills and encouraging healthy habits.
Mindfulness, at its most basic level helps us draw attention to what is actually happening in our lives, rather than worry about what has happened or might happen. In this training, we learn the value of curiosity and how to bring this quality to whatever we experience in everyday life.
This Mindfulness Now Training method is approved by The British Psychological Society and includes specialist tuition in mindfulness approaches, which integrate key elements of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Both are evidence based, and the latter is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
COCOON believes it is vital that teachers learn via a practical and integrated approach, aiming to equip individuals with many requirements including helping with physical and emotional pain, stress and anxiety, as well as building emotional resilience.
Formal meditation practice is an important part of the training, allowing participants to be led through regular practice meditations, each followed by a particular form of discussion / feedback (enquiry). No prior meditation practice is needed, just an open heart and mind.
While the research on Mindfulness with teenagers is beginning to gain real traction, evidence suggests that it can be especially helpful for young people suffering from anxiety, ADHD and depression which has seen a sharp increase in numbers over the past 18 months.