Mindfulness Coaching for Students
Serving Long Beach, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos + Surrounding Communities
Mindfulness is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot but what exactly is Mindfulness? And how does it work?
Mindfulness can be described as paying attention to the present moment without judging thoughts, emotions or physical sensations. Experts estimate that we participate in 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day, and as those thoughts roll through our mind, we tend to label them as ‘good’ or ‘bad' and then follow up with an emotional ‘reaction’ that we feel is appropriate to the label. If we decide a thought is ‘bad’ we follow up with anger, sadness, guilt, anxiety or fear. If we label the thought as ‘good’ we follow up with excitement, joy, hope, arousal, etc.
Mindfulness is a perfect tool to teach students of all ages to bring their focus back to the present moment. It also helps in developing students' inner skills by creating different relationships to experiences that are stressful. It improves their ability to control attention levels (by strengthening their ability to self-observe) and to train attention. In other words, it teaches them to ‘pay attention to paying attention’, and can also make them more aware of their emotional state, so they won’t react impulsively. We do this by strengthening their 'mental muscles'.
There are three 'Mental Muscles' I work out with my clients, using Mindfulness Techniques;
1. Mindful Awareness
2. Concentration + Unification
3. Mental Energy, Effort + Stamina
Like muscles in the body, these 'Mental Muscles' respond to training, practice + development - they become stronger, the more we use them.
How does Mindfulness benefit students?
Mindfulness has been proven through research to:
-Boost Working Memory
-Decrease Emotional Reactivity
-Promote Cognitive Flexibility
What topics are covered during sessions?
Depending on the client's personal needs, some information we'll be covering (and actively participating in) in the sessions includes;
Meditation + Breath Work - The Why's and How's? Learn to control depression, anxiety and overwhelm with these simple techniques. YES, you CAN meditate. I've met a ton of people that promised me they 'just can't meditate' and they've all broken their promises. I've never come across ONE person that truly can't meditate, so nobody can act like they're the chosen one.
Life Balance - Learn to recognize how YOU personally balance, when you are out of balance and what steps you can take to counter-balance.
Design Your Environment - Learn techniques to modify your space to create instant serenity, energy or creativity; depending on your mood.
Jack Your Brain - Discover mind hacks to trick your brain into Productivity.
Brain Food - Learn how to use foods as brain fuel for maximum BRAIN GANGSTER efficiency.
Yoga - The Why's, How's and Ahhhs. Learn Yoga postures to combat anxiety, depression, insomnia and more.
Self-Knowledge - Understand the different components of your personality and how they affect your perception and reactions to your environment.
Visual Organization - Learn how to take all of those wacky thoughts that are bouncing around in your head and structure them visually and tangibly in a way that does not require organization, prioritization or focus.