Everyday life can be hectic for today’s children. They’re under more pressure than ever, and many also have a busy extracurricular schedule of sports, music lessons, clubs and play-dates. And while some thrive on busyness, others find it harder to handle: a recent study found that children as young as six are suffering from stress.
What is mindfulness?
At its most basic level, mindfulness equips you with the skill of training the attention by attending to and focusing on whatever is happening in any given moment.
But mindfulness is also useful in helping us to address the kinds of worries that we all experience. In the case of young people, it can help them learn how to work skilfully with the stresses and strains of childhood and adolescence without being swept away by them. These coping skills then remain with them into adulthood.
Here are a number of links that you and your children may find useful;
https://www.childline.org.uk/kids Some examples of the great stuff on there for under 12’s:
Big Life Journal – https://biglifejournal-uk.co.uk/blogs/blog/stay-at-home-free-printable-care-package and there are also free podcasts for kids available which teach relaxation etc for kids through stories.