By teaching mindfulness to kids, we provide them with the tools they need to build confidence, cope with stress, and relate to uncomfortable or challenging moments. Growing up, I experienced enormous pressure to succeed academically. Coupled with my lived mental health experience, I experienced severe anxiety specially during exam times. Knowing what I know now, mindfulness would have been extremely beneficial towards alleviating my anxiety.
Studies show that the benefits of mindfulness for kids include:
- Increased focus, attention, self-control, and classroom participation
- Improved academic performance
- Decreased levels of anxiety and stress
At Minderly we facilitate the Peaceful Kids Mindfulness and Positive Psychology program developed by Georgina Manning who is the Director of Wellbeing for Kids. The Peaceful Kids program aims to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children from Prep to Year 12. This program helps children to build their emotional resilience and equip them to deal with the day to day stresses that life brings them. Peaceful Kids is based on evidence-based therapy and research from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiBCT), Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
The Peaceful Kids program is endorsed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)
Peaceful Kids is also endorsed by ‘Beyond Blue – Be You’ as a recognised evidence-based program for schools
Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness, the simple practice of bringing a gently, accepting attitude to the present moment. It can also help parents and caregivers too, by promoting happiness and relieving stress.
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I am a yoga and mindfulness teacher but, first and foremost, a devoted mindfulness practitioner. I am learning, discovering, and deepening my understanding every day. I have lived experience with mental health and young male suicide. As such I found mindfulness through my own experiences, studies, and practice.
What initially began as a stress management exercise has now become the mainstay of my daily life. Over the years I have cultivated my own personal practice by establishing a daily mindfulness practice and participating in mindfulness trainings.