South Bay Families Connected and Fit On Studios are excited to partner a third time in providing mindfulness workshops to teens. Mindfulness can be a critical addition to a teen's tool box as the evidence shows that it can help them take down their stress levels during a test or performance, or to just re-connect with their own voice and a sense of calm amidst a world where social media and screen time can whip them up into heightened levels of anxiety and depression. In order to find and nurture self-love and acceptance, teens today need to “tune out” the noise from the outside world so that they can “tune in” and listen mindfully to their thoughts and feelings.
The workshop instructor, Kimberly Digilio can relate to the pressure that today's youth experience. She shares that, “Growing up, I was never very kind to myself. I worked incredibly hard and achieved many successes but never took the time to celebrate them." For Kim, meditation was the key. "Meditation changed the way I saw myself in the world around me, and it taught me to accept the highs and lows in my life with more compassion and less judgment." Our hope in partnering with Fit On to provide this workshop is to help South Bay youth find that self-compassion, perspective, and calm.
If she had one wish, Kim says, "I would go back and feed my teenage self the strength, empowerment and encouragement that I have cultivated through a meditation and wellness practice.” Her experience and knowledges fuels her passion to help youth learn healthy coping skills that will serve them during the difficult teen years and beyond.
Our workshop co-sponsor and owner of Fit On Studios, Franca Stadvec, has this to share about her experience with mindfulness:
Please share this with your teens and encourage them to take advantage of this free workshop series which aims to help them build strength, resilience, and empathy. #unplug #recharge #connect.