“Mindfulness” means being aware of the present moment. Some studies suggest it can help with mental health and wellbeing.
These family-friendly activities support children to 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 practice 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. Here are some ideas to get your started:
Encourage your child to choose at least one mindfulness 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 stuff 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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