4 Reasons for Children to Meditate

Regular practice of meditation has been proven to yield many beneficial effects on a  child’s emotional, mental and intellectual development. Meditation helps children learn about themselves, regulate sleep, develop positive coping methods and aid in social interactions. Just by practicing for five minutes a day a child is able to receive many of the benefits of mediation.

So why wait? Let’s look at the five benefits of meditation and get your children practicing as soon as possible!

Healthy Coping Methods

When life gets stressful we tend to jump from thought to thought, jumping to conclusions and often end up worry way more than we should.  This can happen at any stage in life from childhood stressors to adult stressors, we all face stress at some point in our lives. Learning a positive coping method to stress can help improve quality of life and promote a healthy style of living.

Learning meditation, breathing techniques and healthy ways to cope with stressful situations is a valuable skill all people should learn. Sometimes all we need is a 5-minute breather or a yoga class to help let go of negative feeling and tension we’re carrying.

Handling Life Changes

Life changes. Growing up is hard to do from our terrible twos, tying our shoes, graduating and moving up. For some change is easy to embrace, others like myself may find issues with change.

Giving your child the tools, learning how to meditate will help focus on positive joys in life, ground themselves and be help find the strength within themselves while going through change.

It’s an understatement to say teenagers go through a lot of changes. School, friends, family, hobbies they are so influenced by their peers and now social media. With so much going on, it is easy to get lost and tangled up in the flow of life.

Meditation gives teenagers access to a great feeling of inner stability and security. It allows them to learn to seek answers from within, how they feel, how things are affecting them. Meditation can help them stay grounded and strong throughout all these changes.

Refocus Academic Success

We can all remember a time in school where we stressed about a test, essay, social club or whatever it may be in school. Remember those butterflies in your stomach? Social media and online learning might be changing the way we view education, but one thing will always be the same, we all become nervous at some point in our educational careers.

When you are in a relaxed state of mind your mind is able to absorb and recall information easier. So often during an exam, we “blank” on a question not being able to remember the answer simply because our minds are tense.

Many high schoolers experience physical health problems like eye strain, digestive issues, and headaches due to academic stressors and the preparations for college. Being able to take a step back and meditate within the stress of it all can help relax the body and reduce these physical problems.

Meditation gives us the freedom from the negative effects of stress and allows the mind to be fresh and inspired. Teaching us a relaxed way of thinking, promoting creativity and clarity.

Self Reflection = Self Improvement 

Though mediation we are able to take a step back and honestly evaluate our successes, failures, and goals in life. When you relax and self reflect you are able to discover more about yourself, your potential in life and plan for more successes.

 

Meditation Tips

There is no set guide to meditation, everyone does it differently there really are no rules but there are some tips that can help.

  • Take a few minutes to an hour a day to focus on yourself and meditate.
    • Preschool children: A few minutes per day.
    • Grade school children: 3-10 minutes twice a day.
    • Teens and adults: 5-45 minutes per day or more based on preference.
  • Before bedtime make a routine of doing breathing exercises to help calm and unwind your child before bed. This will also help for a better quality of sleep.
  • Remind grade schoolers and teens to take a few deep breaths before answering a difficult question at school, taking a test, or before an athletic performance.
  • As young children learn to manage strong emotions, deep breathing can be part of the process—especially before and after timeouts.
  • You can meditate on your own, but also making it a social endeavor can help feel a sense of community, offer advice or assistance and by joining a class could offer a set time frame scheduled for mediation. Helping motivate you to continue with mediation.
  • Create a playlist of favorite songs and relaxing music.
  • Create a safe space you feel comfortable relaxing in.

 

Coming soon Healthy Bodies Season Update!

Mind and Body episode!

In this episode, your child will learn basic stretches, breathing techniques, the difference between mental and physical health and what to do when your feeling overwhelmed.