Praise for Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness







from Good Reads:


First of all, where was this book back when I was a girl? It would have been a great help to me as I was struggling through my tween, teen, and young adult years. Even though I am an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed it now. It's packed full of helpful information without being overwhelming. The chapters are short enough to hold a young girls attention. I love the interactiveness of this book. It starts off with a quiz, ends with a quiz and has 52 activities in between; this is where you practice what you have read and learned. The activities help you delve into you to become a more mindful person, of yourself and others.



This book is a valuable introduction to mindfulness for teenage girls. The conversational tone used throughout the book makes it easy and fun to read. The mindfulness-based exercises offered are practical and relevant for teenage girls today. The author cites many personal anecdotes from her own teenage years, offering understanding and compassion for what the teenage reader might be experiencing. As a children’s mindfulness facilitator, I highly recommend this book for all teenage girls.






from Amazon:

I wish I'd had this resource when I was growing up. I'm thrilled to have it as I raise my teen daughter and work with teenage girls at my high school. Cannot recommend more highly. Full of wonderful activities, written in a super accessible form. Just wonderful.



My daughters enjoyed the many easy to follow activities that are laid out in very accessible ways. I loved how the author gave examples from her own teenage years as well as teens in the midst of it all right now. Definitely relatable and applicable!


As the mother of a teen girl and teacher of adolescents, I was impressed with the breadth of the topics covered. Being You does not talk down to teens; rather, it acknowledges the authentic feelings of our girls while guiding them to express what they want and need in productive ways. I began to read this book to preview it for the teenagers in my life, but I soon found the information, examples, and exercises compelling enough to read for my benefit. Mindful eating, sensory experiences, breathing exercises, and expressing gratitude are among the engaging topics in this book. I highly recommend this book to teens, parents, teachers, and all others who care about supporting the emotional health of teens.








Introduction to Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness




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You are you! That is truer than true! 

There is no one alive who is you-er than you! 

—Dr. Seuss 


I wish I had a book like this when I was your age. I was so stressed! I spent the whole day worrying about doing something wrong. I had nightmares almost every night. And I had no idea what to do when I felt flooded or overwhelmed by my emotions.

On top of feeling anxious most of the time, I was really confused. It seemed like my parents, teachers, boys, and other girls all had different ideas about how I should behave and even how I should think. It was hard to figure out what I really wanted to do and who I really wanted to be.

Do you want to know the worst part? I thought I was the only girl who felt this way.

Now that I’m older, I realize that I definitely wasn’t the only girl who felt stressed and confused. In fact, I’m pretty sure that ALL teen girls feel stressed and confused. There’s so much to deal with at once:

  • your changing body;
  • pressure to do well in school;
  • expectations from parents and other adults;
  • a social scene full of gossip, frenemies, and bullying;
  • other responsibilities, like a part-time job or taking care of younger siblings; and
  • serious issues in your family or your community.

When I started learning about mindfulness a few years ago, I thought “This is so helpful! Why didn’t I know about this sooner?” I’ve talked to several other women who had the same reaction, wishing they’d learned about mindfulness when they were teens.

Mindfulness is for everyone, but it isn’t one size fits all. I’ll tell you about my favorite activities, but I’m not going to tell you The One and Only Way to practice mindfulness. Instead, my goal is to help you develop a personal mindfulness practice. It’s not just about being present; it’s about being you.





Adapted from Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness, by Catharine Hannay. 
© Prufrock Press, 2019. Used with permission. www.prufrock.com

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Quiz: How Much Do I Know About Mindfulness?



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Quiz 1 from Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness


Choose the answer that shows how much you agree with each statement, from Not at All (0%) to Definitely (100%).


1. I understand clearly what mindfulness is and how it can help me.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

2. I pay attention to my surroundings and to what I’m eating.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

3. I always understand exactly how I’m feeling, and I never get overwhelmed by my emotions.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

4. I understand how the brain works and how it can be affected by mindfulness practice.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

5. I know several different types of breathing practices for mindfulness or relaxation.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

6. I know several different types of body-based practices for mindfulness or relaxation.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

7. I never feel stressed when I’m trying to communicate with my friends, family, and teachers.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

8. I always find it very easy to treat myself and other people with kindness and compassion.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

9.  Every day, I express appreciation for the good things in my life.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

10. I often share my gifts, advantages, and resources with people in need.

Not at All        Not Really       A Little Bit      Sort of             Definitely

Don’t worry if you answered “Not Really” or “Not at All” to most of the questions. That doesn’t mean you get a bad score on the quiz. It means you’ll probably find Being You very useful. Each question relates to a particular chapter, so that will give you a quick way to see what you already know and what you’ll learn in this book. 


Adapted from Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness, by Catharine Hannay. 
© Prufrock Press, 2019. Used with permission. www.prufrock.com

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The Five Senses: Focusing on What You Can Touch


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from Chapter 2 of Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness



Baby Touch

One of my friends had a little baby who was just starting to crawl. They had a great time exploring the floor together because the baby was so excited by the different textures. Wood, carpet. Smooth, rough. Wow!

If there’s a baby in your family, you could try “baby touching” together, exploring (carefully and safely) the various surfaces and textures in your house. What do different kinds of cups and plates feel like? How about a teddy bear or another stuffed animal?

Even if you don’t have a baby to play with, you can still try “baby touching” on your own. It’s amazing how many textures you can find if you look for different things to touch, either around your house or outside in the natural world. 

Just don’t do what a couple of my students did. One girl tried petting a squirrel, and it bit her. Another girl didn’t realize a pretty little three-leafed plant was actually poison ivy.


Feel Your Feet

Another way to focus on the sense of touch is to shift your attention to your feet. What do the bottoms of your feet feel like when you’re walking? How do they feel when you’re walking inside or outside, or when you’re wearing a different pair of shoes, slippers, or sandals?

I like to focus on the bottoms of my feet when I’m feeling nervous, especially at the dentist. After all, my feet are about as far away as I can get from my teeth!




Adapted from Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness, by Catharine Hannay. 
© Prufrock Press, 2019. Used with permission. www.prufrock.com

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Quotes from Teen Girls About the Benefits of Mindfulness


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from Chapter 1 of Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness



I surveyed teen girls, ages 15-19, about how they've benefitted from practicing mindfulness. Here's what some of them said:
[Mindfulness] helps me to feel less anxious while I’m taking tests. 
—Antonia, age 19

It helps me in problems I’m going through in life, making the best decisions. 
—Shantall, age 17

It helps me to be able to focus more when I’m playing violin or when I’m studying. 
—Maryam, age 19

Mindfulness makes me feel more relaxed and more confident during class. Also during sports or tests, I feel more focused. 
—Mabell, age 17   

It has helped me with my friends in the sense that
 I have more patience when I talk to them because there are some days when they really stress me out.

—Paula, age 17

Mindfulness helped me in a lot of ways. When I’m nervous, when I’m sad, when I’m agitated, etc. 
—Arleen, age 15

Mindfulness makes miracles, and everyone should be using it. 
—Victoria, age 17




Excerpted from Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness, by Catharine Hannay. 
© Prufrock Press, 2019. Used with permission. www.prufrock.com
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