Explore your Curious Minds
So far 2020 has been a quite a whirlwind and how your child has responded to these changes may have varied in different ways. Your child may have experienced feelings such as anxiousness, frustration, withdrawal or even sadness. Our focus these school holidays is to help you understand how your child may be feeling and to offer ways in which you can help your child take control of their emotions.
Mindfulness. You may have heard of it before but how does mindfulness help? Practicing mindfulness each day is a great way to help reduce stress, increase focus and reduce burnout. By doing so, mindfulness will help you re-focus on the now, be in the present moment, while gently acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and physical sensations.
HEADSPACE’s MEDITATION FOR KIDS
Headspace want children to be healthy and happy, not just now but for the rest of their lives. And teaching them about meditation early would help them do just that. Deeply listen and learn about it.
– Check in with your child and ask them questions to elaborate on their feelings. This creates an open stance to process emotions.
– Help them to accept difficult emotions such as anger and frustration. Often kids don’t want to accept these types of emotions, however you can help bring acceptance by being in the moment. For example, ‘let’s try accepting that we don’t like this feeling of frustration'.
– Call on your child’s natural curiosity by directing their focus to the present moment. Ask questions such as ‘How are you experiencing this feeling in your body?’, ‘What are you believing?’, ‘What feeling wants the most attention now?’ Investigating the emotion adds another layer to not only recognising what kind of emotion is happening but also acts on the desire to know the truth behind why the emotion is existing.
– Help your child to remember that this emotion is only temporary. Build space with the emotion and emphasise with your child by using your own emotions. By relating to them, the intensity can be reduced. You can even compare it to a wave, that it will come and go.
EXPLORING MINDFULNESS VIA 5 SENSES
One way to become more mindful and aware of a chain of events is to focus on the now and explore your surroundings through your sense perceptions. The goal is to calm the mind by using the five senses through sight, touch, taste, sound and smell. We’ve come up with a fun way to introduce mindfulness to the kids that play-off all five senses with our activity sheets.
Sight – Stained Glass Butterfly
Sound - Rainmaker
Smell – Smell it and Guess
Taste – Taste Tester
Touch – Mystery Touch Bag