Mindfulness meditation is an excellent way to learn to relax and reduce stress. Adults use mindfulness to reduce stress and strip away anxiety from their busy lives. Could the same be used by children to help them relax as well? Meditation for children is not a new concept. It has been practiced in some cultures for years. What is new, is the knowledge that if done in a classroom setting it has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and levels of stress in school children. This in turn will have a positive affect on grades as well. Because a relaxed mind can process more information than a stressed one. For more on this study, please read the article below.
By Carolyn Gregoire
From Huffington Post
Mindful Meditation Shown to Reduce Depression in School Children
The study is the first to examine the effects of mindfulness on depression among adolescents in a classroom setting, but previous research has found that mindfulness meditation can reduce symptoms of depression and chronic pain in adult patients. Brown University research published last month showed that mindfulness practitioners are able to gain greater control over sensory cortical alpha rhythms, which help regulate the brain’s processing and filtering of emotions, including pain and depressive memories.
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Mindfulness meditation can be done at home if your school does not offer a program. Make a special meditation time with your children once they get home from school. It can be your time with them to learn to relax as a family. Making meditation an important daily family event could help bond your family and reduce overall stress.
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