Mindful social media meditation
There are so many fantastic books on mindfulness aimed at teenagers which explore how the practice can help in their everyday lives.
One of my personal favourites is Mindfulness For Teen Anxiety by Christopher Willard*. It is wonderfully practical and relevant with chapters containing mindfulness practices for everything from test anxiety, cafeteria concerns (e.g. the panic you feel when you walk into a large area full of unfriendly faces and no empty seats), methods for coping with social panic, and even a mindful social media meditation. I quote this meditation below:
"Take a deep breath, shrug your shoulders and allow your body to relax for a few breaths.
Take another breath. Shrug and allow your mind to relax.
Log into a social networking site and read only the first update you see.
Sit back and scan your body and mind -notice how you feel - jittery, angry, loose, tired, relaxed, left out or even feeling nothing.
Close your eyes, take another breath. Clear your mind and reset yourself as best you can and move onto the next update.
I have tried this myself and it works. It is as liberating to check in with yourself and just observe any anxiety that comes up from logging into social media sites, similarly to feel gratitude for the positive emotions it evokes.
Christopher Willard, New Harbinger – 11 Sep 2014
Available on Amazon and elsewhere.