Mindfulness means being aware of the present moment. Some studies suggest it can help with mental health and wellbeing.
You can try some activities to help children feel calm and be kind to themselves.
This exercise is a good way to slow the breath or racing thoughts. It is sometimes called the ‘Take 5’ breathing exercise. Explain and practise these steps with your child.
Pick a selection of mindful activities and write each one on a piece of card or paper. Put them all in a jar or box somewhere you spend time together. Each family member can then choose one at random to do every day. Activities could include:
Encourage your child to choose at least one activity every day that makes them feel good. For example:
Making this part of your child’s bedtime routine is a great way to let go of worries. Ask your child:
These questions help your child savour the good things and take pride in their achievements. They’re also a chance to release disappointment, and remember that tomorrow is a fresh start.
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