#FF 9/28/14 Wonderful Weekend Review

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Teens can learn to calm themselves .... if you teach them how. The "Three Minute Breathing Space" is an effective tool to help teens manage stress, feel more centred - and be more in control of their responses. It can be practiced anywhere, at any time, and doesn't need to be three minutes. Directions: Sit or stand with a tall spine. Close your eyes or keep a soft half gaze. Begin to tune in to your bodily sensations, thoughts and feelings. 1. In the first minute, notice the sounds around you without becoming drawn into them, or pushing them away. Become a quiet observer, just noticing. Come gently back to this soft awareness, whenever you notice you are becoming entangled with thoughts or worries. 2. In the second minute, gently redirect your attention to your breath - gently filling and leaving your lungs. Keep coming back to the sensation of the breath, whenever you become aware of being distracted. Do this with kindness, without judgement. 3. In the third minute, expand the field of your awareness so that you become aware of your whole body: your posture, breath, facial expression. Hold this awareness with neutrality. **Do this practice at any time in the day, or night, when you feel you could benefit from feeling more grounded and relaxed. Think of this exercise as a tool you can use whenever you need to take a time-out from the intensity of life. (acknowledging Mark Williams) www.LosAngelesTeenTherapist.com

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