According to Smiling Mind, scientific research has proven that mindfulness assists with the management of pain and stress, helps build resilience and compassion, improves focus in the classroom and helps with creativity and collaboration.
While we focus on mindfulness in the classroom and through our Pastoral Care program, it is also important that it is encouraged at home and in every day life.
Maggie Dent shares the following advice on the importance of mindfulness and how to foster it in family homes today:
A calm home helps children to cope better and be healthier and happier.
Rushing and being stressed as a parent can cause anxiety in your son. Planning to leave earlier, as well as encouraging your children to be prepared through lists and rosters will help to avoid this.
Lead by example and try to walk slower, talk slower and be more present. There may come times when as a parent, you will need to step back and assess if there are commitments in your life that need to be removed to be a calmer and more present parent for your son – particularly in the early years.
Be comfortable with quiet
A calm and quiet home can help children feel safe, lower their stress levels and encourage them to spend time in their own company. Scheduling quiet times in your house will help your family to consciously take time out.
Spend time outside in nature and go for picnics, to the beach or the park. Being in nature can restore and trigger mindfulness with minimal effort.
At Christ Church, we understand the importance of boys’ mental health and wellbeing and place a strong emphasis on mindfulness as part of our Personal and Spiritual Development program.