Having even a short but consistent mindfulness practise can...
- Lower stress, literally. Research published in Health Psychology shows that mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, but it decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- Help us objectively analyze ourselves, helping us to conquer common blind spots - stories that we keep telling ourselves of our reality.
- Teach us awareness of our body and mind
- Enable us to regulate emotion and attention
- Make us more compassionate
- Decrease feelings of loneliness
- Reduce the health care bill lower: practising mindfulness is linked with lower yearly doctor costs
- Decrease the chance to fall ill to cold
- Lower depression risk, helping you experience less stress, anxiety and depression
- Support weight loss goals through increased body awareness and mindful actions
- Better quality of sleep, resulting in better control over emotions and behaviours during the day, feeling energized and rested and relaxed
MINDFULNESS FOR CHILDREN
When it is easy for our minds to get distracted and disconnected of our bodies, how about our children, who grew up in the world of technology and devices?
Growing amount of research is showing that mindfulness practises such as breathing, guided meditation, chanting and yoga poses can have significant positive effects on children.
Mindfulness exercises for children can…
- improve abilities to pay attention
- calm down
- make better decisions
- helps with emotional regulation
- reduce anxiety and depression and negative feelings
- positive impact for social skills
- academic performance
- reduce stress
- improve sleep quality
- heighten focus
- help with ADHD, ADD
- help with autism
- be a treat for highly sensitive people
While us adults might have a sceptic attitude towards mindfulness, or we have defined or labeled it for something for years, children are more open. Young children don’t have the worry of having to be something (they don’t have an ego yet) and thus they will FEEL the benefits sooner and easier as adults. Thus the best way is to simply establish a routine of consistent mindfulness exercises.