Think about it. We all live in a world that has made our lives super hectic. We’ve got no time to ponder over smaller things that can make us happy. Our busy schedule has made us stressed, anxious, and restless. When our lives have become so stretched, how about our children?
Gone are the days when children lived a carefree life without tension, which we have come to see and experience now. Children’s lives are as much at elevated levels of anxiety as our lives are. But the question is how can children overcome this?
According to studies, children that meditate develop positive attributes like better self-control, higher levels of attentiveness in class and at home, and respect for others. It is said that meditation also helps children manage conditions like depression, ADHD, stress, and hyperactivity and to some extent dyslexia.
Introducing children to meditation can have long-term physical and mental benefits.
Why Should Children Meditate?
When children start meditation early in their lives, their adult life is pretty much sorted as opposed to adults that start meditating later in their lives. It’s easy to teach meditation to children as they have a natural liking for it. Although at first, they will find it difficult to join you in meditation due to their playful nature, they will ultimately get into it.
While there is very little research available on the benefit of meditation on children, the fact is meditation can help everyone, regardless of age.
Here Are A Few Benefits of Meditation on Children:
- Better behavior
Children that meditate behave better in schools and at home. They are respectful of their parents and everyone around them. Just like in adults, meditation calms and slows children down and when they are calm and slow, they think about their actions and repercussions of those actions.
It’s said that children who meditate regularly suffer less from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) than children who have the disorder but don’t meditate. Students who meditate are more focused, settled, calm, and rested.
- Improved School Performance
When people meditate, they are better at whatever they do, similarly, when children meditate, they are better at their schooling activities and their performance improves.
- Reduced Stress and Depression
The main intention of meditation is to reduce stress and depression and that’s exactly what meditation does to children. Let’s admit it—with a myriad of academic and non-academic activities that children do every day, they are stressed at the end of the and meditation helps reduce that.
- Compassion and Self-Esteem
Most of the insecurities that adults face today can be traced back to their childhood. Due to academic and societal pressure, most kids feel they are falling behind in their lives and this can be tough on them and for those around them. However, meditation has the power to improve children’s sense of security and stability, which in turn will help them build compassion and self-esteem.
- Boosts Confidence
Meditation helps children gain self-awareness and become more confident. When children meditate, they learn to keep distractions like not reacting to thoughts and reactions away and that improves their confidence. Additionally, it also helps them to learn about self-awareness about themselves. Confident children are better at dealing with unfamiliar situations. And because of this, they are better listeners and problem solvers.
- Improves Sleep
Children that practice meditation have better immunity, lower stress levels, and better sleep.
According to researchers, the best time to meditate is right after getting up or before sleeping. Meditating before sleeping allows your child to sleep well, keeping your child well-rested, which in turn helps him prepare better for school and other activities.
- Spiritually Helpful
Meditation is one of the best ways to connect with god. All meditation activities involve some kind of prayers or spirituality.
Now is the time to introduce your child to meditation. Several places around you can help you and your child learn meditation and later you can practice it at home. If there are no places near your home that teach meditation, then you can always watch videos to learn meditation.
Due to a hectic lifestyle, people compromise with several good things in life. Meditation costs nothing and can be done in the comfort of the home.
You should never force your child to meditate as they may develop an aversion toward it. Introduce it slowly for a few minutes for the first few days and increase the minutes after a few weeks or days. They must be given the same encouragement that you give to yourself when it comes to meditating.