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Mindfulness for Kids - Here's What You Need to Know

The art of mindfulness has become a major trend over the past couple of years. Practicing mindfulness is incredibly empowering for adults, but it is even more empowering for children!

As parents, we should all get in the habit of teaching our kids to be mindful. Recent studies indicate that teaching mindfulness techniques to school-aged children can help to improve their overall sense of well-being and their ability to focus. It also can improve relaxation and self-regulation - we could all use a little more of that!

In this day and age, young children are experiencing a fast-paced, high-pressure, and high technology lifestyle more than ever before. Mindfulness techniques are a great way to help them cope with the day to day pressures in school and at home.

Understanding what mindfulness means and how it can help children can be confusing, especially for parents. In this blog, we will cover exactly what mindfulness means and why mindfulness is beneficial for kids.

What is mindfulness?

In short, mindfulness is defined as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment. Practicing mindfulness is when you use the five senses to engage physically with the world around you, again without judgment.

When you do a task with mindful awareness, you are doing it with 100% of your energy and attention.

How does mindfulness benefit my child?

As I mentioned before, practicing mindfulness is incredibly empowering for children for many reasons.

1. Mindfulness techniques can help change your child’s mindset from fixed mindset to a growth mindset. A growth mindset creates a love of learning that is essential for great accomplishments. A child who practices mindfulness is more likely to try new things, take more risks and make healthy choices.

2. Mindfulness techniques can help your child to better manage stress and anxiety when it occurs in their life, particularly when they make mistakes (and they will)! Mindfulness is great for self-regulation and encourages positive emotions and self-compassion.

3. Using mindfulness techniques like deep breathing and tensing and relaxing the muscles can help children overcome anxiety when they make mistakes.

You can incorporate a sense of mindfulness into any activity with your child. Whether it is playing in the park or eating dinner with your family! For example, when your child is eating, you can simply teach him or her child to pay attention to the texture and flavors of the food.

Mindfulness is an important practice to teach your child, and the earlier you start, the better!

What are some ways that you teach your child to be mindful? Share them with us on Instagram @RenzosVitamins #RenzosKid

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