Why Children Need Mindfulness
Children these days are busy and over-scheduled. There is pressure on them to do much more than just be kids. They aren't able to be fully absorbed in the moment while engaging in imaginary play, reading a book, or in their activities because their minds haven't had a chance to slow down. They are missing out on getting to fully experience all of the great stuff that immersing themselves in a moment provides. They are overwhelmed and missing out on something they desperately need-- calmness. With there being little time devoted to relaxation, children's minds are constantly in overdrive. The perpetual brain activity is bound to take it's toll both physically and psychologically on them. There is a true need for children to recharge their batteries on a daily basis to not miss out on being totally engaged in their experiences. By practicing mindfulness, children can experience the respite they need and enjoy many richly satisfying benefits.
The Benefits of Children's Mindfulness
Children of any age can reap the benefits of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing both the mind and body to the present moment. Instead of the mind doing what it does best, wandering, it is fully conscious. This awareness naturally causes the mindset to shift to one of curiosity, non-judgement and acceptance. In a moment of mindfulness, the mind and body are working together cohesively to allow us to fully experience the immediate moment, and gain the full benefits of the moment's experience. Put simply, mindfulness is about noticing. While noticing the breath, we are able to notice how emotions manifest within the body. While noticing ourselves, we are able to notice the world around us in a new way. Mindfulness has many recuperative benefits for children. Here are seven of them:
1. Mindfulness Increases Focus
It's can be hard for children to discern what is important for them to focus on and can be easy to become distracted. The practice of mindfulness can increase their attention span and ability to focus.
2. Mindfulness Heightens Resiliency
Mindfulness heightens resiliency by giving children valuable skills to help them cope better with the stress and challenges that life brings. They are also able to engage more fully with themselves and the world around them, which adds to their resiliency. Mindfulness gives a kind of "mental armor."
3. Mindfulness Enhances Creativity
Mindfulness enhances creativity by freeing a child's mind of chatter so new ideas can flow. Their creativity flourishes as they are fully immersed in the moment.
4. Mindfulness Reduces Stress
Science has shown that mindfulness helps children handle stress better. By being truly present in a moment they are no longer consumed by what is causing them stress.
5. Mindfulness Improves Empathy
Because mindfulness improves a child's awareness of others, it has been shown to improve empathy, which is the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling. Children are able to be more attuned to others in a non-judgmental manner.
6. Mindfulness Increases Self-Regulation
The practice of mindfulness causes children to be more aware of their emotions. And, in doing so, they are able to increase self-regulation through deep breathing and grounding techniques
7. Mindfulness Improves Moods
Mindfulness improves the mood of a child by providing more positive emotions. When they are no longer consumed with the past or future, they can experience true contentment.
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