• Susan Schwarting, CMI/RMT

Children on Mindfulness(Part 2)

Every parent wants their child to be healthy and happy. Teaching mindfulness to your child will put them well on that path. Mindfulness develops the tools that will help them to focus, calm themselves down from upsets and give them the resilience needed to bounce back from setbacks. This article touches on a few of the benefits of mindfulness training.

Research has shown that mindfulness can alter our brains for the better - known as neuroplasticity - improving our mental and physical health. Some of the benefits of mindfulness in the area of mental health are increased levels of happiness, improved social-emotional skills, and lessened hyperactivity as well as aggression. Some physical health benefits are lowered BP, improved digestion and better sleep. Mindfulness also improves overall feelings of well being and has been shown to increase self-esteem and help in achieving ones goals.

Mindfulness reduces the release of harmful stress hormones and inflammation and improves the function of our immune systems. Students enrolled in mindfulness classes have also shown improvement in executive functioning(memory, problem solving, decision making, impulse control and more).

Academic performance can also be aided by mindfulness training. Students who have been trained in mindfulness demonstrate better organizational, skills, are more focused, become less frustrated and show reduced test anxiety.

Children of any age can benefit from mindfulness training and these benefits aren't just limited to children - they apply to adults too!

Contact us regarding our mindfulness classes: Mommy & Me(ages 3-5) and our Building Blocks Program for ages 12 and up.


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