Stress reduction for high school students

An American Psychological Association survey showed that US adolescents’ stress levels are now higher than adults for the first time these data have been recorded (Anderson et al. 2014)

Intro to mindfulness based stress reduction for grades 9-12* features “The Four Agreements”, by Don Miguel Ruiz and components of the MBSR program by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

The high school stress reduction course offers ways to mediate stress through direct experiences of mindful tools and practices. We’ll also be exploring scientific studies of adolescents and mental health. “The Four Agreements” wisdom book offers tips to live an authentic and happy life. 

*Curriculum available upon request

Supporting research study examples:

Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction on emotion regulation and test anxiety in female high school students

Topics include
  • Individual identities
  • Self awareness
  •  Healthy habits and healthy relationships
  • Social pressures
  • Stress reactivity
  • Mindful coping tools for stress and anxiety
  • Science around mindfulness and mental health in adolescents


goals
  • Increase self-awareness
  •  Increase personal agency 
  • Promote healthy habits and healthy relationships
  • Cultivate self-compassion and compassion for others
  • Lower anxiety and depression
  • Reduce stress reactivity 
  • Increase health and wellbeing (manage social pressures, school work and social media)

Stress reduction for high school teachers

90-minute workshop to lower stress, cultivate curiosity and joy in the classroom, to promote positive and effective classroom management, and to facilitate a safe and nurturing environment for learning outcomes.

Topics include
  • Mindful Based Stress Reduction tools and practices
  • Lowering stress in the classroom
  • Cultivating curiosity and kindness in the classroom
  • How to support mental health in high school
  • Improving interpersonal relationships
  •  Promoting compassion for themselves and their students
goals
  • Increase curiosity and the joy of learning in the classroom
  • Improve classroom culture (communication and safety)
  • Improve communication and relationships with staff and students
  • Improve focus, lower stress
  • Cultivating compassion