In addition to the excellent information from that blog I'd like to update everyone on a couple other important Mindfulness Tips!
Did you know that by engaging in routine Mindfulness you can actually change your brain? And we aren't just talking about minor changes - BIG changes in multiple areas of the brain! Changes that result in everything from the ability to better withstand stress, increase responsible decision making, lower reactivity, improve memory and concentration, among other changes. Read on to learn more!
Additionally, sleep is of the utmost importance at this time period. And I'm not just talking about APs, I'm talking about adolescence as a whole. This helpful article highlights different ways to include mindfulness to reduce insomnia and increase effective sleep!
I also really enjoyed this article as it highlights the importance of doing "nothing". Busyness does not always equal success. Sometimes it is the art of slowing down, which allows the brain to fully recharge, then we can become our must effective and efficient selves! We often phrase it to our kids as "study smarter, not harder!"
With that thought in mind I leave you with one other phenomenal article from a college admissions consultant. He reminds us, "As a college admissions counselor, I see parents and students all the time who stress out about every test taken and every hour of community service served. I try to remind them to remember the bigger picture -- that nothing is worth it if a student is miserable." Furthermore, he writes, "I counsel a couple dozen students every year, and in any given year more than half of my students -- affluent, extremely hardworking, probably overstressed students -- have nothing to set them apart. They all serve as the president of at least one major campus organization. They've all volunteered for work abroad trips after sophomore or junior year. They all have perfect SATs, SAT IIs, APs and GPAs, despite all taking every advanced placement class available at their high school or community college." Make sure to read the full article for some worthy advice about what to do instead to truly make your student not only stand out but lead a happier life!!