Nowadays everything is so fast paced. This is most likely because of modern technology, which undeniably makes life easier for us in many ways but can also have lots of negative impacts. Mindfulness is something that will benefit all of us in this sort of environment. With that in mind, it is worth exploring mindfulness with your children.
Essentially, mindfulness is the act of paying more attention to what’s going on in the present moment, both in our heads and in the world around us. There are many arguments that state that mindful people are far happier than those who aren’t because they don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. This gives them a sense of fulfilment that so many of us lack. If you are wondering how to explore aspects of mindfulness with your children, I have teamed up with an independent boys’ school in Buckinghamshire to help.
Generally speaking, children tend to be slightly more mindful than adults anyway because they haven’t yet experienced the hardships of life that make many of us so cynical. However, it is still worth exploring mindfulness with your child and teaching them to recognise each and every amazing experience that they have. These experiences could be as simple as eating a tasty snack or hugging a loved one. It’s worth explaining to your child that life is short and moments like these flash by in the blink of an eye. With that said, it’s important to tune into things as they are happening by observing, considering the senses and talking about what’s going on.
Always chat to your child about how they’re feeling as a way to encourage them to explore their emotions. Whilst you’re talking, you should discuss how certain emotions can cause physical side effects. For instance, if they are nervous about a test at school they might feel a little sick. By learning how they respond naturally to different things they will know what to repeat what to avoid in the future. Bedtime is always a great opportunity for these types of conversations, and mindfulness in general. If your child struggles to get off to sleep at night, ask them to think about each body part from the tips of the toes to the top of their head. Encourage them to tell you what each body part feels like against the bed, which should eventually help them to relax and fall asleep.