This beneficial practice doesn’t require a degree in psychology. Mindfulness can easily be implemented at home, and there are different options for achieving this, completely dependent on what you’re more comfortable with.
According to Kidshealth.org, the benefits of mindfulness are like “superpowers” and include:
- paying attention better
- being less distracted
- learning more
- staying calm under stress
- avoiding getting too upset about things
- slowing down instead of rushing
- listening better to others
- being more patient
- getting along better with others
- feeling happier and enjoying things more
If you agree that this is something worth pursuing, below are some different ways to implement mindfulness into the lives of both yourself… and the little human you’re raising.
A great way to get started for adults or slightly older children.
Taken from Kidshealth.org - nothing required, bar the five simple steps outlined.
1. Sit in a relaxed, comfortable position. Pick something to focus your attention on, like a word you repeat in your head or your breathing.
2. Let's say you decided to focus on your breathing. Breathe normally while you simply pay attention to your breath. If you want, you can close your eyes. As you breathe in and out, just notice each breath. Pay attention in an easy way — on purpose, but not forced.
3. Notice when your mind wanders away from paying attention to your breath. Maybe you start thinking about what's for lunch, or whether you remembered to bring your sports gear, or that funny joke someone told earlier. That's your mind wandering and getting distracted. It's natural, minds do that all the time!
4. Whenever you notice your attention has wandered, gently remind yourself to pay attention to breathing again. That's how you train your attention.
5. Keep breathing, keep relaxing, keep paying easy attention to your breathing. Can you feel the place where the air tickles your nostrils? Do you notice how the breath gently moves your body? Can you pay attention to your belly or your chest moving as you breathe? Keep bringing your attention back to the breathing every time your mind wanders. Try to do this for 5 minutes.