What is mindfulness?
In simple terms, mindfulness is being aware of the present moment and not judging it. It is easy to get attached to our emotions, mindfulness detaches us from the negative and offers love and kindness to the situation. By practising mindfulness we are cultivating peace, healthy communication and empathy. Introducing these tools at a young age can improve family dynamics and contribute to a lifetime of sustainable wellbeing.
Mindfulness was never a ‘thing’ back when I was in school, and suppressing emotions and living without consciousness of the self was the norm. At an early age, to include mindfulness in early child development helps with their social skills, relaxation and compassion.
After working with children ages 4-16 I soon realised that no child learns the same, but what every child had in common was their desire to play and be creative. You can never predict the energy of the class but I soon learnt to always have a mindful tool up my sleeve ready to balance the energy… especially after a crazy break time!
After introducing simple breathing games, and inviting the children to talk about their feelings in a less formal way through play and art, I started to see immediate results in their communication skills and brain development.
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. Growing up in modern-day society can be tricky, with relationships, education and establishing a sense of self. Mindfulness is becoming more and more popular to assist a happier child development.
Practising mindfulness is extremely accessible for all ages and can especially help children with learning difficulties. There are many simple ways to introduce the art of mindfulness to children out of school that you can start experimenting within your daily home life.
The best part is, mindfulness can be fun!
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