When children and adults learn to live in the moment and be aware of their own feelings, thoughts and physical sensations, they become more aware of what really is important and how their actions impact themselves and others. Practicing mindfulness brings peace, better impulse control, longer attention spans, and increased reasoning and decision-making skills, all of which bring calmness and awareness to dealing with life’s challenges.
Some schools have replaced punishment with mindfulness training and found that it improves students’ frame of mind. Structural changes in children’s brains are created when practicing mindfulness that improves the regulation of their actions. Kids that become aware of their emotions and learn to release the stressful ones from their mind at an early age can experience quicker and easier emotional recovery.
In order to help learn mindfulness, children should be given a few minutes of undisturbed silence when feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Parents and adults can encourage them to do breathing exercise during this time to bring their attention inward, into a state of mindfulness. This allows them to be in the moment without expectations. The more often children practice, the easier it is to achieve a mindfulness state, honoring and understanding their emotions and learning to love themselves.