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Mindfulness is very much in the news at the moment. It can be defined as a state of mind which can be achieved by focusing awareness on things of the moment and, at the same time, acknowledging and accepting your feelings and thoughts. It is used as a therapeutic technique and has become popular in our busy and stressed society.

GMC produce two magazines, one called Breathe, which is the original mindfulness magazine for a calmer and more relaxed you, and Teen Breathe, the only wellbeing and mindfulness magazine for teenagers. They offer advert-free articles and content to promote mindfulness for adults and teens respectively. These magazines are body-and-soul guides and seek to encourage a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life through their five sections – wellbeing, living, mindfulness, creativity and escape. The aim of the Breathe magazines is to help you “make more time for yourself”. Each issue includes beautiful illustrations, craft projects, and inspiring features such as how to achieve relief from stress, increase resilience and find greater happiness. I am impressed with the fact these magazines do not carry advertising, as that in itself can be a cause for stress as young people feel they want the things they see promoted.

GMC have produced a special issue to introduce teenage boys to the benefits of these magazines. Some of the topics the new magazine will deal with range from School Phobia and Anger Management to Cyberbullying and Safe Social Media Conduct. This is a serious attempt by the magazine editors to help young men deal with the causes of mental health problems before or as they arise. There is also plenty of fun stuff as well with features on Code Breakers, Water Sports and Virtual Reality – from science-fiction to an everyday reality. It is an excellent mix of topics which is more serious than many teen magazines, and which shows great respect for the age group and their capabilities and interests.  Really out of the ordinary and an excellent addition to the teen magazine market, one that fulfils a unique niche.

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