Mindfulness can add to the quality of our lives in numerous ways, from nurturing a sense of inner peace to improving the quality of a workout, from enhancing self-confidence to facilitating deeper and more meaningful relationships with others.
In children specifically, mindfulness has been found to:
- mitigate the effects of bullying (Zhou, Liu, Niu, Sun, & Fan, 2016) and sexual assault (Daigneault, Dion, Hébert, & Bourgeois, 2016),
- enhance focus in children with ADHD (Zhang et al., 2016)
- reduce attention problems (Crescentini, Capurso, Furlan, & Fabbro, 2016).
- improving mental health and wellbeing
- improve social skills when well taught and practiced in children and adolescents.
It’s important for caregivers and educators to provide age-appropriate mindfulness practices for children.
Fostering mindfulness through small tools such as pictures, objects, food, simple movements, and music for preschoolers can help them develop an ability focus attention at a great level.
For instance, in a study by Flook et al., (2015), they had an activity called ‘’Belly Buddies’’ in which kids listened to music while being asked to notice the sensation of small tone on their stomachs rising and falling as they breathe. Simple activities like these can have long-lasting developmental benefits when practiced regularly.