How many times have you been multitasking and truly weren’t present in anything you were doing? You may have been completing your tasks, but you weren’t really focused. Rather, you were just going through the motions, ready to hop onto the next task on your list.
While you may think you were being productive, you weren’t being mindful of anything on that big list of yours. When you’re mindful you are fully aware of what you’re doing and where you are. Being mindful has been shown to reduce stress and make us more connected with our emotions.
We all have the ability to be mindful, we just need to be able to access it and incorporate it into our everyday lives. We can even help our children to be mindful and learn the benefits of truly being aware of what they’re doing and their surroundings.
Mindfulness in Our Everyday Lives
Being mindful in our everyday lives doesn’t have to be hard. You just need to slow down and appreciate what’s around you and pay attention to what’s going on.
Mindfulness in the Morning
You can practice mindfulness from the moment you wake up. Instead of rushing out of bed because you hit the snooze button too many times, start to wake up slowly and pay attention to your feelings. Think about what you need to accomplish for the day and how you’re going to make it happen.
Mindfulness in Listening
When you’re talking to your children or a friend, tune in to what they’re saying. People can tell when you’re listening to them and when you’re distracted. When you’re being mindful while listening you’re not only hearing the words, you’re also picking up on their tone and their body language if they’re with you. These are all things that can help you become more mindful of your conversations.
Mindfulness in Movement
Whether you’re going for a run or just walking around your office, pay attention to how each step makes you feel. Pay attention to how your body feels when you move. This can help you become more mindful of each movement you make.
How to Help Kids be Mindful
Mindfulness is certainly not something reserved for grown-ups. Children can also be mindful as they learn how to pay close attention to what they’re doing and take their time. We all know that kids like to rush through things, always looking for what’s next. But, if they can slow down, even just a little bit, they can learn how to be mindful.
Helping kids to be mindful can be as easy as sitting down with them and asking them to just take a deep breath. Ask them how it makes them feel. If you turn it into a game and make it fun, it can help.
Another thing you can do is go for a walk and have them pay close attention to everything they do and see. This can teach them to be more in tune with their surroundings. Whatever you can do to help your kids be mindful can also help them to manage their emotions.
At Rock & Roll Daycare, we encourage children to be mindful through our Montessori method of teaching. We give children the time they need to explore and zero in on what they’re doing. If you want to learn more about our programs, call us at 857-259-5211.