Preschoolers can be difficult to manage… The same may apply to all children. They have so much energy to throw around and getting them to sit still is much like a herculean task to not just parents but teachers as well. Children, especially the younger ones, use play as a medium to release tension and ease as such when they feel anxious or uncomfortable, they try to engage in one form of playful activity or the other. However, you don’t want your child or pupils running about when you need their full attention.
So how can you get their attention?
How can you get them to sit still and learn?
How can you get them to be calm?
How can you help them regulate their emotions?
MINDFULNESS is the SOLUTION!
Mindfulness is being fully aware of this present moment, fully accepting it without judgment. It is paying full attention to your thoughts, feelings and emotions HERE and NOW. It involves deep breathing and calming techniques. These days, mindfulness has proved to be the answer to many questions. Enormous research has shown how mindfulness can help adults improve their brain function, reduce stress and enjoy better relationships. In recent times, researchers and practitioners have begun to focus on how this practice can be beneficial to children and adolescents in primary and secondary schools, children with cancer, learning disabilities, autism, etc. A number of schools in the United States are incorporating Mindfulness Programs into their school program- Mindful Program at Maryland High Schools. A recent research by University of Florida shows that stressful events in the environment can take a negative toll on a child’s mental and physical health which includes the onset of learning difficulties. As such mindfulness aims at reducing the effects of stress. Other benefits of Mindfulness include:
- Building resilience
- Strengthening character development
- Increasing focus and concentration
- Improving brain function
- Improving sleep quality
- Reducing stress levels and improving coping ability
- Inducing calmness and relaxation
- Self regulation and control
- Increasing their capacity for empathy and compassion
Mostly the same benefits that accrue to adults can be experienced by children ages 3 and above.
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