The nonprofits MindUP and Mindful Schools say that mindfulness is a useful tool for counteracting rising levels of anxiety and depression among children. And a number of studies, back them up.
One of the largest studies to date looked at the effectiveness of the Mindful Schools program on around 400 low-income, mostly minority elementary-school students. It found that after five weeks of regular mindfulness sessions, teachers reported that students became more focused, participatory, and caring. Another study from the United Kingdom found improvements in the mental health of students enrolled in a mindfulness program.
The author of the article argues that some people advocate that mindfulness can also be a cover for disciplining children rather than being a relief of stress. To that he writes:
It’s fairly intuitive that a moment of quiet and reflection during the day would provide some benefit to stressed-out children. Still, I suspected that mindfulness was just a symptom of how we over-program our kids, not a corrective to it. We should be subtracting things from our kids’ days before we start adding things in. Also, while some children might eagerly await an opportunity to observe their minds, others are bound to resist it. And another thing—what is the distinction between helping children to be “mindful” and simply getting them to sit still and behave?
We shared in the past articles advocating for mindfulness in schools and workplaces, what do you think of the authors view on the subject? Do you teach your kids methods of reliving stress? do you trust mindfulness me meditation? Are there any other methods or practices you like to undertake? Tell us more in the comments
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