Mindfulness for Kids: Why It’s Important
In today’s busy world, kids can be inundated with messages, stress, and just general noise! Practicing mindfulness can help cut down on the noisiness and help kids relax, focus on the moment, and increase their self-awareness (Mindful.org). In this article, we’ll talk about a few of the ways that you and your Rebel can practice mindfulness and de-stress.
By taking the time to meditate or check in with themselves, children can learn to be more aware of their thoughts and feelings (Verywell). With this increased emotional intelligence, children practice communicating their big feelings and build resiliency in the face of difficult situations (NYTimes).
From the audio stories in our app to Sudoku, here are some easy and fun activities to encourage kids to practice mindfulness on a daily basis.
There are many meditation apps available today specifically designed for children. These apps provide guided meditations, games, and activities that can teach kids l how to relax, focus, and be mindful.
The Rebel Girls App is a great way to help kids practice mindfulness and self-empowerment. The app features guided meditations, stories, and activities that promote relaxation and mindfulness while also building kids’ self-confidence.
Moshi is an app designed specifically for kids. It features a variety of activities, games, and stories. It also includes calming music and guided meditations that help kids focus, and tools that can help them create and express gratitude.
Headspace is an app designed for both children and adults. It offers a variety of activities and games, such as breathing exercises and guided meditations. It also has a range of resources to help kids better understand their emotions and develop their self-awareness.
Calm is an app that teaches kids relaxation and mindfulness. It features a variety of activities, such as breathing exercises, guided meditations, and calming stories, to make sure kids are focused and present. It also includes tools to help kids develop their emotional intelligence and better manage their stress.
Coloring is a great way for kids to unwind and practice mindfulness. Coloring can help children focus on the present moment, as they express their creativity and let go of any worries or stress. Additionally, the repetitive nature of coloring creates a calming effect, allowing kids to relax and enter a state of mindfulness. Get started with these free mandalas!
Sudoku is a great tool for mindfulness and problem-solving. Allowing kids to focus on the present moment, it can alleviate worries and develop their concentration. There are a variety of difficulty levels in Sudoku, perfect for anyone!
Reflection journals can be a great way for kids to practice mindfulness and express themselves. By writing down their feelings, kids can learn to be aware of their emotions and gain insight into their thoughts. Try our Rebel Girls Journal or get started with these prompts below:
- Write about a moment today that made you smile
- Describe a challenge you faced and how you overcame it
- Create a list of things that make you feel happy
- Draw a picture of yourself doing something that makes you feel proud
- Think of three things you are grateful for
- Write about a place or scene that makes you feel peaceful
- List three things you learned today
- Write a story about a time you helped someone
- Create a list of positive affirmations
- Write a poem or song about a character who is victorious
- Write a letter of appreciation to someone who has helped you
- Brainstorm a list of attributes that make you unique
- Create a story about a character who discovers a hidden strength
- Write a list of accomplishments you are proud of
- Draw a picture of yourself doing something you excel at
Encouraging kids to practice mindfulness by meditating and checking in with their emotions can help them actually communicate their feelings rather than bottling them up or having outbursts.
Through intentional daily practice, kids can strengthen their focus or even just take a break from all the noise. What mindfulness will you practice today?