What is mindfulness, you may ask…
Mindfulness in the most simplified terms is thinking about the present moment. Paying full attention to this very moment. It allows you to slow down, focus on something in a stress-free relaxing way and become more aware of our body.
Mindfulness for children can be a really good practice to help them self soothe and regulate their emotions. It teaches them how to focus on the present and can help build a child’s self-esteem and self-awareness. There can be lots of ways to practice mindfulness, beyond breathing exercises.
The benefits of mindfulness include:
· Increased attention and focus
· Increased self-control
· Ability to resolve conflict
· Decreased levels of stress, depression and anxiety
· Improved academic performance
· Increased sense of well-being
Children have many reasons to feel stressed in our modern world - friendship worries, increased classwork and pressures of many extracurricular activities. These combined with the pressures of day to day stresses and the emphasis that many children can place upon themselves to achieve, is causing a significant increase in rates of anxiety and depression amongst teenagers. As parents and educators, it is paramount that mental health is discussed and tools are implemented to support children and teenagers to improve their mental health.
Staying calm when stressed or under pressure, being patient and getting along better with others, can help them along their journey and lay foundations for their future mental health. The rising rates of depression and anxiety in teenagers is alarming and it is so important to impart mindfulness practices as soon as possible to support your children in having a deeper understanding of who they are as a person. Mindfulness can help them pause in any situation and respond in a more thoughtful manner instead of reacting impulsively.
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At Journey we are extremely passionate about ensuring children are being educated in mindful ways. We want to provide tools and resources to help children practice mindfulness regularly and support them in their journey for self-love and self-care, whilst building resilient learners.
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