“Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it. ” Sharon Salzberg
As an adult, we understand the ability to unplug for a while and restart ourselves. It gives us a fresh look at things and helps us to concentrate better. It gives a little more brightness and joy to our daily routine.
In this article, we will give you some good practice examples of mindfulness for your kids in order to bring “the joy of just being”. It is important to realize mindfulness helps to get life-long skills. And not only but to help them to:
- be more focused;
- develop social skills;
- better concentration at school;
- minimize stress and anxiety;
- increase happiness;
- be more energetic;
- get the ability to calm themselves;
How to start
The most important thing at the beginning of the mindfulness practice is to practice it yourself. As a strat, 5 to 10 minutes is the best duration of mindfulness is perfect.
We should remember mindfulness help our children get skills to develop their awareness and emotions and most importantly to know how to control themself.
Keep it easy without pressure
No one like to be forced. So if your kid is not interested in these activities, in the beginning, do not force it.
Using sounds like the sound of a bell or even pot covers, for instance, is a great way to focus on paying attention.
You all have seen the color books for adults, haven’t you? Colouring is one of the best ways to get rid of stress and bad emotions.
Coloring with your kid is a great mindfulness activity you can practice together. Just simply provide enough coloring materials, leave the kid to choose the ones he likes and enjoy!
Breathing is the main component of mindfulness. There are many great ideas on how to practice it with your kid. As a bubble-blowing technique.
It is great for summer activities, just give your child a soap toy container for bubbles and they will start to understand quickly how to breathe to make the bubbles- not too fast or hard, but patiently in order to shape the perfect bubble. After this practice, you can ask them to try it without the sop water and to use their imaginations.
Use your imagination to create mindfulness activities at home. It is simple, cheap and most importantly your kid will love to be part of the whole process.
Make a glitter jar for example or fill it with some other items. Simply fill a jar with water and glue, then add glitter and make sure it is closed well. Shaking the jar and watching the movements of the liquid is a great way to relieve stress away.
Let your kiddo explore nature when you are on a walk in the park. This could be a great benefit to learning new things.
For example, my little boy really loves to sit next to the lake, feed the ducks, and pick small rocks or leaves every day when we are on a walk.
I consider it as carefulness and attention plus he stayed concentrated while looking for small rocks.
Keeping your kid active is as important for their body and muscles but for their heart too. There is a simple practice you could teach- ask them to jump up and down or to make jump jacks for a minute.
After that place their hand on the chest and pay attention to how their heartbeat and breathing feels.