Stay one step ahead of stress with this fun and engaging mindfulness workbook—just for teens!
Do you feel stressed out, anxious, or worried? You aren’t alone! Between school, friends, dating, social media, and a pandemic, many teens are feeling more stressed out and anxious than ever before. But what if you had a set of tools you could use to help you cope with the stress life brings? This workbook can be that toolkit! And better yet, you can learn to use these tools easily—right away.
In The Mindful Teen Workbook, two physicians and a psychiatrist offer fun and proven-effective skills grounded in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to help you slow down, clear your head, recover quickly from setbacks, manage stress and balance emotions, cultivate compassion, and foster healthier relationships—online or IRL. With this evidence-based workbook, you’ll also find tons of tips and tricks to help you stay focused when you need to, stay calm in a crisis, and be the very best version of you that you can be.
Don’t let stress get in the way of enjoying your teen years and reaching your goals. With this step-by-step workbook, you’ll discover the tools you need to be resilient in tough times and better appreciate life’s good moments.
About the authors
Patricia Rockman, MD, is a family physician with a focused practice in mental health. She is associate professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Toronto, and cofounder of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, ON, Canada. She is a public speaker, curriculum developer, and teaches and mentors in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
Allison McLay, DCS, RP, is a registered psychotherapist, and faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. She teaches MBSR and MBCT, and trains health care providers to deliver these modalities. She was an author in curriculum development for the youth mindfulness program at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.
M. Lee Freedman, MD, CM, FRCP(C), is a Toronto-based child, adolescent, and family psychiatrist. She is experienced in integrating mindfulness training into her therapeutic work with youth and adults in need of help with mental health challenges.
“Mindfulness is a much-needed approach that can help teens navigate through daily challenges, including stress, intense emotions, conflict, overwhelm, and uncertainty. But the key is to make mindfulness demystified, simple, and relevant for each teen. This book accomplishes this in an elegant and thoughtful way, empowering each reader to creatively adapt and make mindfulness their own.”
—Lidia Zylowska, MD, associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, author of The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD, and coauthor of and Mindfulness for Adult ADHD
Lidia Zylowska, MD
“Teens are under more pressure today than ever before. This book is a well-written, engaging, and extremely practical resource to help teens cultivate the skills of mindfulness, compassion, emotional resiliency, and metacognitive awareness during a critical time in their development. Mindfulness (as the authors note) is indeed a superpower. As a youth mindfulness researcher, I’m delighted that this workbook offers such an inviting, user-friendly style of teaching mindfulness to teens.”
—Randye J. Semple, PhD, associate professor at the University of Southern California, and coauthor of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Anxious Children and The Mindfulness Matters Program for Children and Adolescents
Randye J. Semple, PhD
“Now more than ever, our world needs humans who can tap into their true selves and respond to stress with mindfulness and self-compassion. This workbook supports this need by offering simple practices that help us get to know who we really are at heart so that we can exert our power and freedom to choose exactly how we want to be in relationship to everything around us and within us.”
—Jaisa Sulit, BPHD, BEd, MScOT, mindful self-compassion and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher, and author of Purpose in Paralysis
Jaisa Sulit, BPHD, BEd, MScOT
“It’s harder than ever to be a teenager—and this gem of a book is full of practical, scientifically based help. It’s a great combination of inviting exercises, useful information, and friendly support. A wonderful resource for adolescents and their parents, and for anyone who teaches or works with teens!”
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Resilient
Rick Hanson, PhD
“A powerful guide for teenagers willing to develop a mindful way of caring for inner experiences, especially when facing challenging moments. Step by step, this workbook helps develop resourceful skills that help teens meet stillness and respond with resilience in the post-pandemic world.”
—Vitor Friary, author of Mindfulness for Children, and founder of the Centro de Mindfulness in Brazil
“The Mindful Teen Workbook is an excellent support for teens. In fact, people of all ages could benefit. The authors translated the wisdom of mindfulness and simplified it into accessible language. Each chapter scaffolds on each other and offers a chance to learn, reflect, practice, and integrate into everyday life. An impressive array of tools that teens can experience individually, with friends, or in a therapeutic context.”
—Shari Geller, PhD, clinical psychologist, mindful self-compassion teacher, author of A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence, and coauthor of Therapeutic Presence
Shari Geller, PhD
“This book comes out at a time when mindfulness, self-compassion, and well-being are consequential for youth. Kudos to the authors for making mindfulness-based skills accessible for teens. The Mindful Teen Workbook advances the mindfulness movement for youth in this book.”
—Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT, developer of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) program
Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT
“Rockman, McLay, and Freedman have created a wonderful, simple, and practical introduction to mindfulness for our teens who need it now more than ever. Through a range of fun practices, thoughtful reflections, and just the right amount of science, they guide adolescents, and their adults, through a path to create their own sustainable and helpful practice.”
—Christopher Willard, PsyD, coauthor of Alphabreaths
Christopher Willard, PsyD
“Teens have had to shoulder a lot during the pandemic, adding more stress to an already challenging developmental period. The Mindful Teen Workbook will help them meet life’s struggles with greater resilience, and savor its awesome moments more deliberately. Written in an engaging and accessible style, it features carefully calibrated didactic content alongside experiential learning, and guides teens on how show up more fully to their lives and embrace the vast potential that awaits them.”
—Zindel Segal, PhD, coauthor of The Mindful Way through Depression
Zindel Segal, PhD