What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is like having a SUPERPOWER that helps you pay special attention to what’s happening right now. It’s about BEING FULLY PRESENT and aware of what’s going on around you and inside you, without judging or getting carried away by your thoughts or feelings. It’s like being a detective of your own mind and body!
Kids Benefit From Mindfulness!
Happiness and joy: Mindfulness helps you feel happier because it teaches you to focus on the present moment. Instead of worrying about the past or the future, you learn to appreciate what’s happening right now. You start noticing the beautiful things around you, like the colors of a rainbow or the sound of birds chirping. This makes you feel more joyful and grateful for the little things in life.
Calm and relaxation: Sometimes life can be a bit stressful, but mindfulness is like a magical relaxation potion. It helps you calm your mind and body. When you take deep breaths and pay attention to your breathing, you become more relaxed. It’s like finding a peaceful oasis in the middle of a busy day.
Better focus and concentration: Have you ever found it hard to concentrate on your homework or a fun activity because your mind keeps wandering? Mindfulness can help with that! By practicing mindfulness, you train your brain to focus on one thing at a time. This helps you concentrate better in school, during games, or while doing anything that requires your attention.
Managing big emotions: Sometimes, strong emotions like anger, sadness, or fear can feel overwhelming. Practicing mindfulness teaches you to recognize your emotions without getting carried away by them. You learn to take a pause and think before reacting, which helps you make better choices and solve problems calmly.
Kindness and empathy: When you’re mindful, you pay attention to how others are feeling. You can understand when someone is sad, and you can be there for them with empathy and compassion. You also learn to be kind to yourself, treating yourself with love and understanding.
Mindfulness Activity Book Vol. 1
A fun, interactive and engaging activity book filled with thought provoking lessons and colorful posters that teach mindfulness to kids and teens. Activities include positive affirmations, breathing techniques, How am I feeling? poster and more.
How Do I Feel? Poster
This Get Lifted! How Am I Feeling Mindfulness poster comes in 3 sizes, 8.5×11, 11×17 and 18×24.
Effective Coping Mechanisms for Kids
Taking slow, deep breaths can help you calm down when you’re feeling upset or overwhelmed. Breathe in slowly through your nose, and then breathe out slowly through your mouth.
Affirmations / Positive Self-talk
When facing a difficult situation, remind yourself of your strengths and abilities. Use encouraging words to motivate yourself and boost your confidence.
Engaging in art activities can be a great way to express your emotions and relax your mind. Focus on the colors and shapes as you draw or color.
Take a moment to listen carefully to the sounds around you. Close your eyes and try to identify as many different sounds as you can, like birds chirping or cars passing by.
Mindful Nature Walks
Take a walk outside and pay attention to the sounds, smells, and sensations around you. Notice the feeling of your feet touching the ground with each step.
Remember, mindfulness and coping mechanisms take practice. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at using these tools to help you stay calm, focused, and resilient.