Children experience stress just like adults do – if not more so – and teaching them how to embrace mindfulness can go a long way to helping them live a happier and more peaceful life.
Long lasting and intense stress has been linked to a smaller memory centre in children’s brains. These differences in the brain also extend to cognitive ability, with children who live stressful lives performing less well on spatial memory tests.
Most parents and teachers would probably agree that stress in children is not good and finding ways to help them counter-act it can be life-changing.
Mindfulness and meditation helps children to counteract the effects of stress, with simple ways it can be brought into the child’s daily routine.
Happy In The Moment mindfulness courses aim to help children to benefit from practising mindfulness, providing techniques which will help them to handle negative emotions and give them tools that they can use throughout their lives
Following a course in mindfulness, children show an improvement in attention, calmness, social compliance and even caring towards others. Research has also shown that mindfulness training for children has the ability to increase attention and social-emotional awareness as well.