Mindfulness ideas for kids
Parents are getting increasingly worried about their children's mental health as we approach the one-year mark since education was first interrupted and schools shut.
Children's Mental Health Week in February from Place2Be has lots of free activities and resources for kids, encouraging them to express their feelings at this tricky time.
Homeschool brings its own stressors, as does missing out on socialisation with loved ones like grandparents and close friends.
Mindfulness for kids is more critical than ever: it can help stave off tantrums and improve sleep in toddlers, ease anxiety, improve concentration and provide an antidote to total digital immersion. Mindfulness is about being in the present, but it also teaches children to access their emotions – the good, the bad, the ugly – to be more appreciative and grateful and to calm themselves or switch their perspective from a negative to a positive one.
A holistic approach to mindfulness can include everything from meditative breathing exercises to keeping a journal. Here's what parents need to know about meditation and mindfulness...