For children and teenagers, learning how to take a pause requires practice and support from adults, just like learning to play an instrument or ride a bicycle. We want to encourage them to pause so they can catch their breath; be in the moment; experience what they are thinking, feeling, and doing; and regulate their emotions and behavior. Read on for some helpful tips for teaching mindfulness to children and teens.
In a world of academic, social, occupational, and personal demands, children and adults alike are often too busy and moving in many different directions. As our world becomes more demanding and competitive, even young children often find themselves struggling to balance their many responsibilities and activities, with limited time to rest, relax, or take a moment for themselves. This is where mindfulness can play an important role in enhancing children’s mental health.
Did you know we take some 23,000 breaths each day? Have you ever noticed that you hold your breath at times, or that your breath sometimes speeds up—perhaps when you are anxious? We can learn to calm ourselves down or rev ourselves up with breathing, and it is a perfect place to begin mindfulness practice with children. Our breath is always available, and we can practice breathing anyplace, anytime, without anybody even knowing we are doing it. In fact, our breath very well might be our self-regulation superpower!
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