Mindfulness - What does it mean for our kids and why now?
A study published by the American Psychological Association reveals the surprising and unfortunate fact that children as young as 8 years old experience stress more often in their life in the recent years. What’s even more surprising is that the cause is not about any immediate and present factors affecting their family and community. It’s more due to futuristic goals, undue expectations, lack of life skills and coping mechanisms.
Stress among individuals at any age is never good news. But it’s more alarming when it’s happening, especially to our children in an age where they are supposed to be carefree and enjoying life. Constant and consistent exposure to stress among children causes a variety of negative health, emotional, as well as social problems which includes mood swings, disruptive sleep patterns, lack of appetite and desire to socialize, inability to focus in school and during family time, and the inability to do or complete designated tasks may it be in school or at home and so much more.
This is why the concept of mindfulness and its application in the curriculum has been having its renewed emphasis and appreciation in recent years.
More and more people are embracing the concept of mindfulness because of its many life – improving benefits. In fact, in the US alone, the number of people practicing mindfulness principles has tripled since 2012. It is also expected to become a $2 billion industry by 2022.
But what is mindfulness? And how can we apply mindfulness for children so we can expose them to an environment where there is less stress and more enjoyment when it comes to learning?
The practice of mindfulness has taken various forms over the course of history but its origins can be traced on the teachings of Buddha . Mindfulness also has another very common name - meditation. Guided meditation for kids and adults have proven effective in improving their performance in many aspects of their lives.
Simply said - Mindfulness means “being present”. As per the Greater Good Magazine, Mindfulness is creating and sustaining a “moment – by – moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, surrounding environment.”
At SoCoWorld, we believe in giving our children the strength and tools to cope with what life has in store for them. Stay tuned here to learn more about mindfulness techniques, activity videos and much more!