"Every teenager will get a lot out of this book (and their parents, too)."
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of Hardwiring Happiness
Adam Avin is a strong believer that mindfulness is the key to coping with stress, pressure and the strong emotions that the teenage years often bring. And he would know - he's not only a teen himself, but he's a mindfulness expert and the founder of Wuf Shanti, an organization that teaches kids of all ages to be more mindful.
In Stress Less
, Adam walks you through the reasons why coping with emotions and stress in a healthy way is good for your body and mind. He will teach you what mindfulness is and how to develop a mindful mindset so that you can find balance and focus on the present, rather than worrying about the past or the future. Stress Less
features a foreword by Udonis Haslem, three-time NBA Champion with the Miami HEAT, founder of The Udonis Haslem Foundation and advocate for mental health in underserved communities, a passion that stems from his own experiences. Adam also shares his favorite tried-and-tested ways to overcome difficult feelings. You will learn about affirmations, meditation, breathwork and how to use journaling, all of which can help you feel less overwhelmed, anxious and depressed. Using these tools will help you to become calmer, happier and more content, and establish a solid mental health practice and toolkit to rely on for years to come.
Teen mental health education advocate Adam Avin created the Wuf Shanti Children's Wellness Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to teach mindfulness and social-emotional learning, so children 3-17 years old can live in health and wellness, and peace and positivity. Adam also founded the Kids' Association for Mindfulness in Education and the international online Mindful Kids Peace Summit. Adam is certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens, Kidding Around Yoga and the Emotion Code, and is the youngest meditation instructor at Yoga International, Inner Explorer and Stressed Teens. He also has been in publications such as Mindful magazine, Psychology Today, the Tiger Woods Foundation magazine, goop magazine, the CASEL newsletter, LA Yoga, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive Live Happy and many others. Adam gave a TEDxYouth@KC Talk about getting mindful and social-emotional learning programs into our education system, why mental health education is so important to stopping violence, and using our voices to make a positive difference in the world. He also was honored to be the Keynote Speaker for the Broward Mental Health Summit. Adam also served as a part of the inaugural fellowship cohort for the Kevin Love Fund, a non-profit organization that focuses on inspiring people to live their healthiest lives and is working to get mental health curricula into schools. Adam is a Posse Scholar at Syracuse University and will graduate in 2026. He is majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and minoring in Psychology. For more information, please visit the Wuf Shanti website, Facebook page or LinkedIn.