4 Benefits Of Practicing Mindfulness With Your Children

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Did you know that inner stillness through yoga can lead your child to mindfulness? This ancient technique can achieve a state of concentration, focusing thoughts in the “here and now” through meditation, breathing, and awareness of mind and body.

These terms of emotional intelligence may seem complex for your children, but the truth is that studies have revealed a high efficacy in children from 4 and 5 years and older.

In recent years this technique has become a way to treat children and adolescents with ADHD or symptoms such as anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, depression, or stress, with a high degree of success.

Mindfulness Exercises for Kids

Mindfulness is a technique that you and your children can practice in any space free of noise and distractions. Try these mindfulness exercises with your children!

Stomach breathing: This type of breathing is a simple way to help your child focus on the here and now. If your little one is feeling complicated emotions, belly breathing will help them calm down.

Look into each other’s eyes: In addition to developing their attention, this mindfulness game is meant to awaken empathy and create affective bonds. Sit facing each other and look into each other’s eyes without losing contact. It can also be a lot of fun!

Coloring: Coloring allows children to focus on the present through a practical and creative medium. This activity helps them relax, improves hand-eye coordination, and is excellent for stress relief.

Listening to Sounds: This is about listening to the sound of an instrument. It would be best to use instruments with a high vibration in this activity, such as a bell. A variation of this exercise is to detail and note three things you hear in the background.

What Benefits Do Children Get From Practicing Mindfulness?

Mindfulness activities have positive effects on children’s mental and physical health, promoting a relaxed and balanced lifestyle. Some of the benefits are:

Increases concentration: Practicing self-observation, controlled breathing, and detailed listening activities improves their ability to concentrate, pay attention, and self-control.

Regulates their emotions: Mindfulness activities balance emotions, reducing stress and anxiety.

Self-awareness: Helps them become aware of their body, thoughts, and environment.

Promotes empathy: Through mindfulness, they reflect on negative and positive thoughts, elementary to develop empathy towards others and support them in their problems.

Emotions have the power we give them, and mindfulness tries to make us aware of this. Passing this on to your children will significantly strengthen their mental health.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, mindfulness helps to improve communication between parents and children, strengthening their self-esteem and overall relationship.

Toley Ranz promotes activities that strengthen children’s emotions through games or simple practices that help them understand feelings and connect with their inner superhero.

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