Info for Professionals
As a professional who works with children, you likely come into contact with families who are experiencing stress and whose children who are experiencing stress or anxiety. And you, yourself, may experience stress in your own personal and professional life. While stress is a fact of life, how we respond to it can make all the difference to how it affects us. Both adults and children can be helped to lead a calmer, less stressful life by using mindfulness, meditation and yoga techniques.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves the mind fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing and to the environment you’re in. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be completely “present”, aware of where you are and what you’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. Mindfulness has many benefits and emerging research is confirming the power of this relatively simple tool.
The benefits of mindfulness
Mindful interventions with children have shown significant results. Research has been conducted in schools around the world on the benefits on incorporating mindfulness practices into schools and into the curriculum for students. Mindfulness has been found to “re-wire” children’s brain chemistry in terms of its response to strong emotions and feelings of stress or anxiety. The following are the benefits of mindfulness for children, which have been proven through extensive research:
· Reduction in stress and reactive/impulsive behaviour
· Improvement in cognitive functioning, social emotional development and school performance
· Improvements in self-control, focus, academic participation and academic success for children with ADHD
· Improvements in mental, emotional, social and physical health
· Improvements in self-esteem, calmness, relaxation and sleep patterns
Professionals, especially teachers, play a pivotal role in a child’s life and development. Helping children to use mindful practices can make all the difference to how they function in everyday life.
Find out how you can use mindfulness to help the children that you teach or support.