Developing mindfulness has a lot to do with shifting of perspectives. Humans have some deeply laid neuropathways that allow us to fall into a habit of reactions. This is particularly true with children.
They don’t even realise they are reacting; they just do it. Those automatic responses just more deeply ingrains responses; many which are negative or destructive to their (and your) own health and well-being.
This anagram is a good, quick mindful strategy for children to use with parents able to easily remind them with one clear word, STOP.
10 Second Mindfulness- STOP
This is a simple but effective strategy to refocus our attention.
S- Stop what you are doing.
T- Take a deep breathe. Breathe in for a count of 5, fold for a count of one and exhale for a count of 8.
O- Observe what is happening around you at this moment.
P- Proceed with what you were doing.
Repeat at least five times today at times of calm and then introduce it during the “melt downs” as well.
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