"Mindfulness...I prefer to call it 'mindfitness'
-it's less vegetarian' Ruby Wax
The Science Bit....
There are countelss studies proving the benefits of mindfulness... taking the time to come out of autopilot, multi-tasking, 'frazzled' minds and training our brain to focus, to notice the thoughts, then bring our attention back... to our breath, sounds around us, or use of other senses. This is invaluable for children to learn, to be able to focus, put their minds on pause, and be in the moment.
Want More Info?
Ruby Wax, recently gained her Msc in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and has a brilliant, no nonsense, hilarious and really easy to understand book - Frazzled.. a mindfulness guide..with brilliant exercises for children and teens and a really fascinating but 'easy' science bit. There are also loads of resources on line. I love Australia's 'Smiling Mind' - videos - you'll find them on Youtube.
...Ask your child to blow bubbles for a little while just watching them drift off and keeping attention on them, when mind wanders, come back to them. Then focus on one bubble and really watch it, notice how it changes, moves, where it goes until it pops.
Some Crafty Ideas ....
Glitter Shake and Calm Bottle
Mix up glitter and water in an plastic bottle. When a child feels unsettled or needs to calm... ask them to shake the jar and imagine all the little bits of glitter are their thoughts... then watch the glitter as the bits settle down and as they focus, noticing how they are calming down too.