Mindfulness is a powerful tool for improving focus, promoting self-confidence and decreasing stress

Mindfulness is a simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It means giving your full attention to something. Whether it’s your surroundings or your inner thoughts, when you’re mindful, you’re taking time to relax and really slow down to notice your thoughts and actions.

From our earliest moments, mindfulness can help minimise anxiety and increase happiness.

From giving children a way to relax and reflect, to helping them build resilience and positive coping strategies, mindfulness holds numerous benefits for those who practice it! Practicing mindfulness has been shown to help bring calm to stressful situations, increase patience, and improve attention spans. For children especially, having a healthy outlet for when they are upset, can’t concentrate, or just need a quiet moment to themselves is an important part of positive social-emotional development.

Mindfulness also plays an important role in teaching children how to self-regulate in situations where they may be feeling sad, angry, or hurt. When children are equipped with tools like mindfulness strategies, they are able to build an understanding of their own emotions and how to address them in a way that works best for them.

When toddlers are in a good mood, mindfulness exercises can help them become more familiar with the sensations of happiness and gratitude. And when they get upset, mindfulness can help toddlers move on from the fleeting experiences that might have made them cry, and instead focus their attention on new, less upsetting sensations. This shift moves “their attention away from whatever it is they’re worrying about, to a present moment experience such as the feeling of their own breath

At Happy Hearts, we help foster mindfulness through developing the children’s social and emotional skills, as well as providing opportunities for regular exercises and activities such as breathing exercises and yoga classes.