What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of living in the moment without judgment. But many of us, children and adults alike, don’t naturally function that way. When a thought comes into our head, we often think about what happened in the past or what might happen in the future. Even if the thought isn’t accurate, it may cause us to react to it as if it were.
Practising mindfulness can ease these negative thoughts and feelings by shifting the attention to more neutral thinking, like how their breath feels as they inhale and exhale or by truly focusing on the task in hand, such as the feel of the crayon in their hand and noise it makes as they move it across the paper.
Research has shown the following potential benefits of mindfulness in children:
- Increased focus, attention, self-control, classroom participation and improved academic performance.
- Improved ability to resolve conflict and demonstrate compassion.
- Decreased levels of stress, depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviour and improvement in overall well-being.
Mindfulness is a skill and therefore takes practice. Our product collections are carefully curated with the ultimate goal to help and encourage children to practice mindfulness in their everyday life. Over time mindfulness will become second nature to them and is an invaluable tool to take with them throughout the ups and downs of life.