Mindfulness for Children & Teenagers

There is an emerging body of research that indicates that mindfulness can help our children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset, and to make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus.

When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowing how the brain works means we can also understand how to respond in a kinder and more compassionate way for ourselves and others.

Sometimes our brains can become overwhelmed with feelings of fear, sadness or anger, and when this happens, it’s confusing—especially to children. So giving children ways to make sense of what’s happening in their brain is important.

When I teach Mindfulness to Teens & children I use the analogy of the ‘Monkey Mind’ constantly jumping from branch to branch, from thought to thought, I explain that a lot of anxiety is truly ‘in our heads’ – our stress comes from our worrying brains ruminating on the worst possible scenarios. When we practice mindfulness we learn that much of the chatter in the mind is just Chatter. Its not reality!

Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness – 6 to 12 year olds

The aim of this mindfulness training is to help children view their life experiences clearly and respond wisely. Children learn in varying ways¬—whether through auditory, visual or tactile presentations—and this programme is accessible to all types of learners. It will help them develop life skills, that are crucial to emotional, social, and academic success.

In this programme we will be using Mindful Breathing, Mindfulness Sound Game, Mini Body Scan,Mindful Eating and using a toy for Breathing Buddy Meditation for the younger children.

The practices are fun and easy helping them stay present and aware……

Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness for Teens - 13 to 18 years

Being a teen is stressful! Whether it’s school, friends, or dating, the teen years are full of difficult changes-both mentally and physically. If you’re like many teens, you may have difficulty dealing with stress in effective ways. And if you suffer from panic attacks, chronic worry, and feelings of isolation, it can be very difficult to meet your goals and succeed. The good news is that there are real, powerful ways that you can take control of your anxiety—and your life!. You aren’t alone, and there are things you can do to stay calm, no matter how stressful life becomes. All you need to do is stop, breathe, and be mindful and aware in the present moment.

Explaining how the brain works helps to understand.

With these mindful practices they learn how to step back and watch how their mind is in this moment, they can notice their thoughts, notice their bodily sensations and then choose a kinder response. Practices include Mindfulness of the Breath, The Body Scan, Mindful Eating and Mindful Walking.

We will also be practicing Gratitude, noticing all the good things in our lives instead of focusing on what we don’t have or putting our attention on the negative things, Research shows Grateful people and people who keep gratitude-journals are more joyful and enthusiastic. Gratitude journaling also makes us more optimistic, interested, attentive, energetic, excited, determined, and strong.

Do I even need to ask if you want that for your kids?

For more details phone Pauline 086 3784747

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