This article from WebMD, “Mindfulness Benefits Kids With ADHD and Their Families” validates what families everywhere have always known– those who practice mindful activities together can reap amazing health benefits.
I like to think of mindfulness as the basic life-skill of staying present in the moment. In my work as a Family Nurse Practitioner and holistic health coach, I’ve seen the profound effects mindfulness practices can have on individuals of all ages and families alike. If it benefits the kids, it often benefits the rest of the family as well.
I didn’t need to wait for studies to show what practical experience teaches, but it’s always nice to know that science is catching up to the practical applications some of us have realized all along. And, in case you’re someone who needs permission from science to take action on sharing mindfulness activities with your family, well… now you have it!
Try Making Mindfulness Practical
Learning and practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to be complicated, difficult, boring, or religious in any way. You can even gamify it to make it fun, and you can fit it into everything you’re already doing in your daily life. Here are three examples:
- Try playing a game of “I Spy” while standing in line at a big box store. It will bring your kids or shopping companions into a greater awareness of your surroundings, helps the time pass faster, and helps avoid those impulse buys at checkout.
- Consider treating snack time like a formal wine-tasting event. It’s a guaranteed way to tune into your senses. Invite yourself or others to savor the flavors you’re experiencing and describe them colorfully. You could even keep a notebook of your experiences.
- For some guaranteed laughs and joy, invite yourself or your dining partners to eat a cookie or other baked treat without crumbs. It’s a seemingly simple challenge that is surprisingly difficult, and it helps participants become mindful without even realizing it.
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