It is totally normal to feel awkward your first few times learning any new skill, and this can definitely be true for a mindfulness meditation practice too. Usually the more you practice something, the more comfortable you become, and this also holds true when developing a mindfulness practice. One thing that can help with those feelings is finding a quiet place, alone, with no distractions, that you feel most comfortable in. This can allow you to practice without worrying about anyone or anything else. Alternatively, if you are more social or like learning new skills under the guidance of a teacher, you can join a class or find a group of friends to practice with. In this scenario, you may feel less alone with everyone in the same boat practicing together. If you are interested in learning more about group mindfulness classes or retreats, check out Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme)!
Supporting your Young Person
Sometimes starting an activity that is new for both us and our young person can help motivate us to be more prepared and take our minds off of feeling awkward while trying a new skill. Focus on your young person and help them move through their own awkwardness they may be feeling by keeping the mood light and the activity fun. When we are focused on helping someone else we naturally feel more comfortable and open to the experience.