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The Perks of Meditation for Children

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What is meditation?

Meditation is a process of turning inward, calming your mind, observing your thoughts and balancing your focus by being in the moment and forgetting about all the worries and stress that affect the health. Experts say that meditation and yoga have a positive impact on children with ADHD, anxiety and depression.

Nalanda International School, the ICSE school in Vadodara , through this article, aims to highlight the importance of meditation in the overall development of your child.

As the increase in complexities of modern life, information bombardment, hectic schedules and stressful living conditions have become normal, we all need a different approach that stabilizes the mind, body and soul.

Just like adults, children are bombarded with a huge amount of information daily. Children find it difficult to handle their emotions, behaviour that may cause distress leading to mental disorders like depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and behavioural disorders. 

According to the Children’s Society, almost a quarter of a million 10- to 15-year-olds are unhappy with their lives. They report that children’s happiness with life is at its lowest in a decade.

Thus, there is an urgent need for schools to infuse medication as a part of their daily practice. Just like this one! 

Nalanda International School, in one of its initiatives to de-stress students from their academic burden, started art and craft sessions.

We believe that art is a new meditation. Indulging into it can stimulate the brain of children. It’s also very satisfying for children as it helps them to connect with themselves.

Here’s how we do it.

Mindful meditation is proven to improve attention span and focus. This method is pretty interesting as it helps children to calm down and re-centre.

Meditation affects your brain processes like attention regulation, emotional coping, memory, impulsivity and likewise.

Head down to know the benefits of meditation and its power on the wellbeing of your child.

Benefits of meditation

  • Besides improving memory and enhancing learning, meditation helps in appreciating the world by experiencing different wonders of nature. With this their inner anxieties, worries, thoughts vanish. 

  • Meditation aids in increasing self-control and self-management. This will help in handling a situation in a better way. These days, children find it difficult to control their anger, but mediation will keep your child poised and stay relaxed during tense situations.

  • Your children will be able to become caring, thoughtful and feel for others. Researchers suggest that meditation will increase empathy among children and evoke better social skills that will benefit in this competitive world. 

  • Meditation will help to develop emotional and psychological resilience. Introducing meditation at a younger age will stay as a skill and set the child in the right direction to acknowledge his/her feelings, thoughts and experience the interconnectedness with its body. Harnessing this kind of awareness will develop greater emotional and psychological resilience for a happy adulthood.

  • Meditating before and after going to bed strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and improves sleep. Also, a 5-min meditation before going to bed will prepare the child for the next day. 

Check out other activities happening at the our ICSE school in Vadodara.

  • Meditation is a great way to unplug from stressful surroundings. It is regarded as a coping mechanism while dealing with problems as the mind and body unite in just one breathing exercise. Your child is more stressed than adults as they don’t have a proper language or other coping skills to deal with their struggles. 

  • Yoga is known to be a stress reliever. Just some calming techniques like a simple breathing exercise can help the child to come back to the present. A little screen-free time during the day meditating in the open can open up their minds.

Now the biggest question is here!

How to teach meditation to your children?

Teach them creatively

Breathing is very important and easy to teach. Teaching meditation at a tender age is better as there are chances of getting a good response from your little munchkin. The main purpose is to teach them to recognize their emotions like anger, irritation or frustration. Once they can identify this, just motivate him/her to breathe and count their breaths. Or else, ask them to notice the movement of air from the nose through the body and back again.

Give them space to visualize 

Teach your child to direct their imagination in a simple way. Make him/her fall in love with the surrounding by taking them to treks, sightseeing and other recreational activities to improve his/her bond with nature. Motivate them to see the beauty in moving clouds, smelling flowers, shaking leaves, falling water and more.

These experiences will rewire their brains to see the beauty in everything they see.

Put their senses at work

How about asking your child to listen to silence? It might sound funny, but this will help in tuning to so many noises that hide in silence. With this, your child will start using other senses like taste, touch, smell, look and likewise.

This technique is known as grounding, wherein you use all your senses to identify where you are and what is happening at any given moment. Give wings to your child as they experience the birds flying, wind moving and taste all the sweetness of life. 

Watching thoughts 

This technique is for older children who have inherited a similar way to see life. Instead, grant them the freedom to speak out their hearts. Build a relationship with them wherein they are open to observe thoughts even while doing homework or watching TV. Children tend to hear more than they see their thoughts, so there are endless things they love imagining.

Let them loose to chase their thoughts and not suppress them.

Meditate to become better human beings

Always remember unguarded thoughts can adversely affect your child's emotions and behaviour without parents even realizing the problem. Thus, meditation is the key to find inner peace. Along with our ICSE school, other schools should have routine moments of quiet time in class or just a few minutes in the morning to help students calm down.

Meditation should be made a norm in schools

Just 10-15 minutes of yoga is a great way to refocus to reduce stress and encourage your children to be respectful. Several meditation apps will be helpful for both teachers and parents.

"If every 8-year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” Dalai Lama

With this in mind, let’s make meditation a ritual for a better tomorrow.

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