The Silly Walk: A Mindfulness Practice for Youth and Teens

Use this exercise with your youth to help them regulate their silliness in a constructive and appropriate way.

Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

Today’s fast-paced, connected, and highly charged world is placing unprecedented stress and pressure on kids and teens.

Kids don't have an on/off switch... especially those with executive function difficulties, who struggle to regulate their attention, emotions and behaviors.

We need to equip youth with skills to cope with the increasingly demanding lifestyle, combat the symptoms, and establish mindful and compassionate living – to last a lifetime.

We can do this by allowing some silliness into their lives while exploring the elements of mindfulness.

Watch me demonstrates a fun mindfulness practice that will help kids identify and activate their different zones of regulation.

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Christopher Willard, Psy.D., is a psychologist and educational consultant in the Boston area specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents and young adults. He holds an appointment at Cambridge Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching site, and leads workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Willard has been practicing meditation for over 15 years. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), The Mindfulness For Teen Anxiety Workbook (2014), and Co-Editor of Mindfulness with Youth, From the Classroom to the Clinic (2015).

Topic: Mindfulness

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