What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. This might seem trivial, but we often deviate from what we are doing. Our mind wanders and soon we’re thinking obsessively about something that just happened or worrying about the future. And that makes us anxious.
While mindfulness is innate, it can be nurtured through proven techniques, such as meditation, short pauses we insert into everyday life, and combining meditation practice with other activities, such as yoga or sport.
When we meditate it doesn’t help to focus on the benefits, but rather to just do the practice, yet there are benefits or nobody would do it. When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, and gain awareness through observing our own mind. We also increase our attention to others’ wellbeing.
Breathe, Think, Do Sesame – intended for parents and caregivers to use with their young children (ages 2-5) to help teach skills such as problem-solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence.
Breathing Bubbles – Breathing Bubbles is an app that helps kids practice releasing worries and focusing on good feelings by allowing kids to select the emotion they are feeling and how strongly they are feeling it. Kids can choose to handle their emotion by releasing a worry or receiving a joy as Manny the Manatee walks them through deep breathing and visualization.
Calm – Calm is the perfect meditation app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit with your schedule.
DreamyKid – The DreamyKid meditation app offers meditation, guided visualization and affirmations curated just for children & teens. It uses proven techniques that teach your kids methods to guide them towards a happier life through mindfulness.
Smiling Mind – Smiling Mind is designed to help people pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life. This app has a fantastic section on Mindfulness in the Classroom and is suited for kids ages 7-18.