Mindfulness helps (also) at school
There’s no question that mindfulness is a huge issue. It affects adults as well as children and adolescents, because mindfulness improves one’s own life.
Mindfulness at school has an impact on the perception of the now. It is about the thoughts, the feelings, the body sensations and the sensory stimuli of the external environment. In plain language, this means that we are no longer trying to be with the thoughts of the future or in the past, and to wish for something or to think about something that has already happened, but we simply take ourselves in the moment.
Actually, this is a very classic behavior of children, but that they lose in the course of development. Especially at school, mindfulness is very helpful. It relaxes children, takes away their anxiety, helps them to concentrate better and to retrieve their potential.
Schoolchildren become more attentive through mindfulness exercises
More and more teachers are incorporate mindfulness exercises into their lessons. Your students learn to switch off and observe the present with an open attitude and accept it without value. Research shows that this also reduces aggressiveness, reduces bullying and makes children more friendly, caring and more compassionate towards others.
The positive effects of mindfulness and mindfulness exercises at school:
- the ability to concentrate will improve
- the memory line gets better
- overall, resilience (resistance) increases
- the ability to calm and relax yourself is increased
- the tolerance of frustration is increased
- the body feeling is intensified
- Conflict capability increases
- Empathy (compassion) also improves
Mindfulness helps with homework
Of course, mindfulness exercises for children can be used not only at school, but also at home. As with all exercises, it is important to repeat. When do children actually need mindfulness exercises?
Only when your child has become accustomed to the feasibility and considers it a matter of course can they fully develop their positive effect. But please don’t surprise your child. Explain to him that a short period of pre-homework concentration helps you get to grips with the tasks more attentively, more focusedly, and more quickly.
Practice together at first and only very short, 3 minutes is enough. Over time, your child will take the exercises for granted and will quickly get into a relaxed learning posture.
Mindfulness exercises can also have a positive effect on ADHD
Children with an attention disorder are very impulsive and cannot concentrate well. They are very easily distracted by the charms of the surroundings and thus also disturb their classmates.
When mindfulness exercises improve their ability to be less distracted, their disruptive behaviors are also reduced. However, parents or teachers need a lot of patience when introducing mindfulness exercises in children with ADHD.