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Exploring mindfulness for children

Exploring mindfulness for children

The ancient practice of mindfulness has become a popular wellness trend in recent years. Adults aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a regular mindfulness practice; children can enjoy the life-changing benefits of mindfulness, too.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to the present moment without judgement. This means being aware of your thoughts, feelings and sensations without getting caught up in them. Mindfulness can be cultivated through meditation or simply by paying attention to your thoughts and emotions throughout the day.

What are the benefits of mindfulness practice?

Mindfulness can benefit your child’s mental and physical health in the following ways:

  1. Reduced stress and anxiety
  2. Improved sleep quality
  3. Increased focus and attention
  4. Boosted immunity
  5. Reduced pain
  6. Improved heart health

Mindfulness activities for children

Keen to give mindfulness a go with your child? There are many ways to do so. Here are five fun activities to try:

  1. Going on a nature walk

Take a walk in your neighbourhood or local park with your child and encourage them to pay attention to the various sights and sounds. Listen to the birds singing or the leaves rustling in the wind. See if you and your child can spot different trees, flowers or animals.

  1. Eating mindfully

Your child can even practice mindfulness while eating! Next time you sit down to eat, encourage your child to take a few minutes to really focus on the food, noticing the colours, textures and smells. Ask them to pay attention to the way it tastes and how it feels in their mouth.

  1. Taking a bath

Bath time can be a great time for your child to relax and be mindful. Ask your child to focus on the sensation of the water on their skin, the smell of soap and the feel of the towel when they get out.

  1. Playing with a pet

Playing with a pet can help your child focus on the present moment. Encourage your child to pay attention to how their pet feels, smells and sounds and how it moves.

  1. Drawing a picture

Drawing can be a great way to foster your child’s self-expression and mindfulness. Ask your child to pay attention to the present moment—the way the pencil feels in their hand, the sound of pencil on the paper and the way colours look when mixed together.

Try incorporating some of these activities into your child’s daily routine to help them practice mindfulness regularly. In doing so, your child can learn to control their thoughts and emotions and be more aware of their surroundings.

For more information on mindfulness and to learn how we incorporate mindfulness practices into the educational programs offered at Learning Ladder, please get in touch.

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