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Mindfulness for Kids gives parents and teachers the specialized tools they need to help children navigate the ever changing and stressful world of childhood while being healthier, happier, and more productive. Children who become more aware of themselves and their behaviors often grow up to be productive and extremely well adjusted adults.
- Helps children cope better in stressful situations. Children react in a variety of different ways to stress including such behaviors as anger, tears, and even tantrums. Learning how to cope more effectively with new or stressful situations will help children to maintain control, and feel more self assured.
- Reduces Feelings of Anxiety. When children find themselves in new or difficult situations, are faced with exams or other challenges their anxiety levels increase making it more difficult for them to concentrate and perform. Mindfulness exercises help children to focus, reducing anxiety and improving performance while helping them to feel more relaxed. By reducing stress and anxiety children can relax more fully and sleep better.
- More Emotional Control. Children of all ages from toddlers to teens, sometimes find themselves unable to control their emotions. This is because the child is unaware of what triggered the emotion in the first place. Mindfulness helps children recognize certain behavioral triggers and find a more acceptable and peaceful way of coping with the emotions these triggers produce.
- Helps Children to Improve their Relationships with Family, Peers, and Authority Figures. Mindfulness helps children improve their relationships with those around them because they are better able to control their emotional responses and work through disagreements, rather than becoming angry or frustrated. When children can express their feelings and emotions appropriately, people around them respond more favorably.
Mindfulness benefits are long term:
Best of all, learning these mindfulness activities and exercises gives children long term tools that help to better transition from childhood to adult, while still being able to deal with real life situations and stresses in an acceptable and healthy manner.
Sometimes referred to as coping skills, mindfulness lessons simply result in better mental, emotional and physical health throughout life.
Mindfulness exercises may include such things as deep breathing exercises to calm emotional upheavals, meditation to increase focus, relaxation techniques to help reduce stress and a number of other exercises.
There is nothing magical, or complicated about learning mindfulness techniques, it is simply a matter of learning those techniques that work best for the individual and are age appropriate.
Mindfulness for Children will help the parent or the teacher to deal with individual children of all ages and personalities in a loving and calm manner while helping the child to learn essential exercises and tricks that reduce stress and anxiety, allowing them to remain calm and peaceful as they face day to day challenges.