The practice of mindfulness is about observing your thoughts for exactly what they are thoughts. When you practice being mindful you begin to realize your thoughts do not define you or control you- they are simply thoughts. Once you can observe your thoughts from a detached manner you can let go of stress and anxiety. Mindfulness is kind awareness of the present moment without judgment. Focusing on the present, not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
Benefits of Mindfulness for Children
Children experience more awareness of their body, thoughts and emotions
Children are better able to stay more focused
Children can experience less stress and anxiety
Mindfulness can improve impulse control and interpersonal skills
Executive function can increase
Can Improve memory
Can Help Make better decisions
Can Help creativity
Can Improve resilience and confidence
Mindfulness training has shown it can lead to structural changes in the brain that develop and enhance the qualities of:
Compassion, Kindness and Patience
Ways to easily fit mindfulness into a daily schedule:
Enjoy a cup of juice or a favorite drink
Listen to music
Talk a walk and notice your surroundings
Put down the phone or walk away from the computer
Close your eyes and visualize
Fun activities to promote mindfulness
Playing games like Simon Says
Take a nature walk
Emotions are “energy in motion” they are not lasting or permanent. Mindfulness tools can help show that even shaken emotions will change and settle down.
Stop what you are doing put a pause on your thoughts, your actions, and your internal monologue.
Take a few breaths. Breathe in deep, breathe out, blow out the candles. Bring yourself into the present moment.
Observe what is going on inside of you, outside of you?What sensations are you feeling, hearing, touching. How do you feel, what is your mind and body telling you?
Proceed Move forward with more non- judgemental awareness and intent..
RAIN helps when working with emotions.
A calming jar is a great way to remember that even shaken emotions will eventually settle down.
Shake Focus, Breathe In and Out as the glitter or beads settle down.
Click below to watch and breathe with a calming jar