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When your life feels like it is whizzing around at high speed and everything is just too stressful, too tiring and too tough, it can be difficult to step aside from the onslaught and just be. This is the exact point when you need to embrace mindfulness. But what exactly is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing our awareness on the present moment, of accepting our inner feelings, thoughts and sensations. In essence, it is a therapeutic technique which helps you to escape the outside world and focus on inner peace.
If mindfulness can add to your quality of life, by nurturing your inner peace, enhancing your self-belief and deepening your relationship with others, then it can certainly help your children. Recent research indicates that mindfulness can help children to improve their ability to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions.
If you feel that mindfulness could help your child there are three key points to understand:
Now comes the fun part……..
These are just five easy techniques which can help your child to begin to notice and focus on their thoughts, feelings and surroundings in order to harness their inner calm and energy. There are plenty more ways to practice mindfulness with your child; through their bedtime routine, meal times and play times.
Above all else keep it simple and keep it fun!
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