Here ‘ s how mindfulness can help children concentrate better
We live in a short-attention-span culture which can make focusing a challenge, especially for growing minds. Social media, text messages and TV adverts are just a few digital noise distractions competing for our attention every day. It ‘ s no wonder mindfulness has become so popular. But it ‘ s not just for adults, this gentle practice is known to help children concentrate better and improve emotional well-being.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the opposite of multi-tasking. It is the method of bringing our attention to the present moment in an accepting, non-judgemental way while accepting our feelings and thoughts. Children receive the most benefit from it because their brains and bodies are still developing. Mindfulness promotes skills like focus and cognitive control, which take place in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This calming habit allows children and teens to focus beyond distractions and cope better with daily frustrations.
How to encourage mindfulness at home
Like most things in life, the more you practice something, the better you ‘ ll get at it. The best way to teach is to learn. Mindfulness doesn ‘ t happen overnight; it ‘ s a skill that takes time to develop. When you adopt a mindful practice yourself (even if it ‘ s just for a few minutes a day), your child may be more willing to give it a try.
You could start by sitting together and sharing how you practice mindfulness. For instance, give some examples of how you redirected thoughts and ask your little one to share one of their own experiences. This way, you ‘ ll be learning from each other and fostering a supportive daily habit.
Mindfulness activity ideas
- ‘Colour ‘ your feelings on paper using a variety of crayons or pencils.
- Tense different muscles in your body by squeezing for five seconds and slowly letting go.
- Eat a ‘mindful ‘ snack. Talk about the texture, smell, and taste. (This is also a great time for them to take their Vital Brain Health and Concentration vitamin!)
- Try a short, playful guided meditation together.
- Take a mindful walk and point out sounds and sights along the way.