Why Mindfulness Education for Children and Teens

Mindfulness is generally translated as “full attention” and its derivation as “fully attentive”.

Fostering awareness of awareness and attention and being “mindful” leads to deeper knowledge than what we have come to perceive by changing emotions and thoughts.

Consciousness and attention are inherently dynamicWe can promote them and that is why mental training techniques are taught from a simple and concise teaching methodology based on mindfulness.

    The relationship between mindfulness and thoughts

    Understanding that we are not “his thought” will allow us to stop identifying with thought and no longer be possessed by it. Mindfulness understands that thought fragments reality. It is a point of view, the way we interpret our own behaviors or those of others. Likewise, it is the meaning and intensity that we give to an emotion and even to a diagnosis. It’s just one point of view among many possible.

    This is easier to understand with the following example. We have the fictitious case of Peter. Peter is 16 and was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 8. During the school years, when Peter didn’t have this diagnosis, his thoughts told him; “I can’t study like the others, so I’m worth less.” When Peter started his treatment, he thought; “I am different and there are things I can’t do.” Today, after years of therapy and with the practice of Mindfulness, Pedro knows that his dyslexia does not define him, that it is only one aspect of him to have in the gutter for certain situations, and he also knows that he can and is worth as much as the others.

    The relationship between mindfulness and emotions

    In the same vein, we will say that we are not his emotion. A teenager is generally defined as impulsive, aggressive, intense, with extreme values ​​… well, those aspects don’t really define him. It is simply their emotions that are part of this particular evolutionary stage.

    Adolescents are more than all this emotional network, they are growing people who are building their identities as adults and they need to be heard and understood to really know what is going on inside and to be able to. translate their emotional world.

    Children and adolescents are in a process of intellectual learning which facilitates school. But … what about your emotional learning? If our children were educated in this area, they would grow up to be healthy adults and lack symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety comes when we don’t understand each other and when we send messages of hostility to each other. We can present this education to them from an early age and mindfulness can accompany them in this function.

    Working our mindfulness promotes the ability to pay attention and at the same time allows us to develop awareness of what is happening at a given time, in our own body, with our own emotions and thoughts. That way, we will be able to realize what is happening at that precise moment.

    The importance of the present moment

    Now we have to ask ourselves … Why is it important to be aware of what is happening here and now?

    Well, the answer is thought provoking. When you perceive the sensation of your own body, the action of the other, the surrounding context and all this in a pure state without judgment or appreciation, he avoids interpreting reality in a fragmented way, Thus emerging a vision of reality itself as a whole.

    When we are able to value a whole beyond ourselves, what happens is that we will have the power to decide what to do next without emitting a passive response, that is to say without reacting automatically.

    Why should we be working on our mindfulness to avoid these automatic responses? because the automatic reaction makes us vulnerable to anxiety, stress, depression and emotional reactivity. If Peter had not understood both his strengths and weaknesses in his studies due to his dyslexia, getting a 5 as in the dictation exam, he would have experienced only negative emotions such as disappointment and frustration, which could generate anxiety in the face of further exams and other self-harming thoughts.

    All this from the reactions and interpretations that come from the thought we see it in interpersonal and family relationshipsAnd here is the importance of increasing attention through mindfulness-based training. In this way, not only the ability to pay attention will be improved, but also the skills of emotional balance will be strengthened.

    If we work on our mindfulness we will understand that the reality is a little different from the emotion which has for answer that each of us gives to a particular situation, and therefore the suffering caused by a certain situation begins and ends in ourselves.

    In the family context, among friends, at school and in other social contexts, situations are presented which lead to a reaction without an appropriate approach to the situation itself, producing an emotional imbalance. All of this is happening every day in all areas. For this reason, in Capital Psychologists, the Mindfulness workshop proposal was born. We will learn to connect with our body according to our evolutionary stage of development, and there will be different proposals for children, adolescents and adults.

      Benefits of mindfulness in the school environment

      We can highlight the benefits of the practice of meditation in the evolutionary stages such as childhood and adolescence, even if they have been extended to all these people in a learning situation, and especially list the benefits to do know its usefulness in schools, because these are less widespread in the media.

      here are the main psychological benefits of mindfulness in schools:

      • Creates the optimal predisposition to learn.
      • Increases academic performance.
      • Improves attention and concentration.
      • Improves classroom participation.
      • Promotes impulse control.
      • Encourages personal reflection.
      • It provides the tools to reduce stress.
      • Reduces exam anxiety.
      • It enriches social and emotional learning.

      Once the benefits are described, we can understand how useful and necessary this practice is to achieve one’s holistic well-being in as many areas as the social roles we play. From Capital Psychologists, we invite you to know our mindfulness workshop proposals for children, adolescents and adults.

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