We all know that mindfulness is good for us. It allows us to be present in the moment and helps us to react to things in a calm and thoughtful manner instead of reacting rashly all the time.
But did you know that mindfulness is great for our children too? Children can develop their ability to pay attention, calm down when agitated, and make better decisions by practicing mindfulness.
Today, we’ll look at some activities that you can do with your child to encourage them to practice mindfulness. Who knows? You might just learn something for yourself too!
1. Mindfulness meditation
To lead a mindfulness meditation session with your child, just read these steps aloud and get them to follow you!
- Lie down in a comfortable position. Allow your arms and legs to dangle and slide to the ground. Gently close your eyes.
- Begin to note how the body shifts when you draw each breath. Your belly button rises and falls with every breath you take.
- Place your hand on your abdomen if it’s better. Place a stuffed toy there if you like.
- The belly should move every time you take a breath. Try counting ten breaths in this manner.
- Don’t be concerned if you lose track of how many breaths you take. That’s normal and happens to everyone!
- Now turn your attention to reflect on how your day went. When your belly rises, take a deep breath in and concentrate on your breath. Exhale and concentrate on everything that went perfectly earlier.
2. Phones away!
Another way for your kids to practice mindfulness is through mindful eating. That means no TV shows or games while eating a meal. Keep phones away from the dinner table! Get your child to focus on enjoying the meal and clear his or her head from any stressful matters.
Alternatively, you can make a game out of eating a snack very slowly, savoring the smell, texture, and taste! Try this with a simple snack like a raisin.
3. Stop and stare
Yes, simply get your kid to come to a halt and stare at his or her surroundings! Being aware of and observing all that is going on around you is one part of mindfulness. Stop what you’re doing and pay attention to the details you normally overlook.
Just remember, anyone, even your child can practice mindfulness, and its benefits are endless!