Tip For Caregivers
The best way to teach a child to be mindful is to be mindful of yourself.
When you drink a cup of tea, do you enjoy the experience of its smell and its flavor? Or do you drink it in a hurry while texting and feeding the dog?
Be there, wherever you are.
How to start?
You can make mindfulness a game to play.
Try the following:
Safe place visualization: Invite your child to mind travel to a safe place. You both close your eyes and go there with your mind. Describe to each other everything you are feeling while being there. Is it warm? Windy? Are you comfortable? Are you happy?
Children can learn to count on this resource whenever they feel anxious. They will learn that they can go to their safe place and feel grounded just by closing their eyes.
Gratitude before bed: When in bed, ask your child to name three things of the day that they feel grateful for. No matter how hard the day was, they will always find something to feel gratitude about.
This will teach them that there is always something good in every situation. Even if it feels as if there is not.
Try to connect to your child in a mindful way. When children feel they have the tools to manage what is happening to them, they stop feeling overwhelmed and start feeling empowered. When self-confidence takes control, there is no place for hurtful and uncontrollable thoughts. Just go ahead and try it!