What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness at its very core is the simple state of being fully focused on the present and allowing your thoughts to float by without any judgment. It is the psychological process of being aware of where we are, and what we are doing at one point of time – basically being fully present at the moment and not thinking about other events, or our overall life in general.
Why follow the practice of mindfulness?
As a new-age parent, you cannot ignore your child's mental health. Today, we have more studies and research than ever to prove how paramount mental health and stability is for the holistic development of an individual.
No person can ever be entirely free from obstacles and challenges in his/her life. Undesirable incidents, whether minuscule or huge in scale, are bound to happen from time to time. Consequently, stress becomes a frequent occurrence in our lives, or if not frequent, at least a recurring one. When prolonged, or intensified, it can have an adverse impact on your daily functioning, and also spill into the household – your spouse, relatives, kids, etc. Many young children and adolescents suffer from such internal disturbances too. There are numerous methods to cope with these disturbances, an important one being the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is backed by numerous scientific and academic papers that show its effects on the prefrontal cortex of the brain (the part which helps focus and pay attention). It impacts the cognitive abilities of the brain which shows greater development in the earlier stages of childhood. Through mindfulness, the child can regulate his emotions and establish much more effective and thoughtful communication with others. This is extremely helpful to deal with or prevent situations of bullying.
Fun Mindfulness Games & Exercises for Kids
The following exercise games can help trigger this state of mindfulness both in you and your child. Make sure to refrain from playing these games if the child is fidgety or restless. Let them calm down first. Also never use these physical activities and games as a disciplinary tool as that will corrupt them in the minds of the children.
a) Stand up and breathe
b) Tune in to your body
c) Observe your surroundings
d) Possibilities – assess what lies ahead of you in the immediate few minutes of your future.
The basic essence of mindfulness is to “notice”. Notice what you are doing. Notice yourself. Notice your surroundings. Notice the activity that you are currently involved in. These simple steps shall help you be in sync with the current period of time, and undoubtedly decrease the possibility of you dwelling over past events or worrying about future events, which are nothing but utter wastages of valuable time and energy. Access to mindfulness is as easy as it gets. You don't require any external equipment as this is in-built and just needs to be tapped into.
Stay Tuned, Stay Relevant!