Proven Ways to Increase Focus in Kids
Scheduled and improvised meditationMeditation is a proven technique for enhancing focus. Many people find meditation challenging because they cannot keep themselves from getting distracted. Thankfully, that is what meditation is all about. Meditation encourages the practitioner to focus on the breath and become aware of their thoughts by noticing their thoughts, rather than focusing on their thoughts. For kids who are in recovery from addiction, meditation is strongly suggested. The practice is scientifically proven to reduce symptoms of stress, reduce cravings, and help the brain grow new grey matter. Meditation works best when it is done at the same time everyday, but it can be helpful anytime of day. When your kid is struggling to regain their focus, set a quick timer for a 3 or 5 minute meditation. A few minutes focusing on the breath can help get their mind back to action.
Applied mindfulnessMindfulness is both a form of meditation and a practice separate from meditation. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has proven to be a worthy technique for helping kids recover. Mindfulness can be practiced all day by focusing attention to noticing and awareness. Playing mindfulness games with your kid throughout the day is one way to build mindfulness in addition to doing mindfulness meditations. Ask your kids what they notice they are thinking about. Ask them to pay attention to their senses when they are eating. Encourage them to become aware of their environment. Mindfulness is an action and a lifestyle as much as a solitary practice.
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