Life is busy and stressful. It’s hard to slow down in a fast-paced world—even though a short mindful break is what kids and adults sometimes need the most. Just as we focus on healthy habits around food, sleep and exercise for physical health, it’s equally important to consider those which support our mental health.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, to be fully aware of where we are and to be fully aware of what we’re doing. It gives us permission to pause and not be overly reactive and overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Simply put, mindfulness is awareness. Research shows it has several positive effects on mental health and well-being in children including lowered anxiety, stress and reactivity as well as improved sleep, self-esteem and self-awareness. According to Beyond Blue around one in seven children in Australia will experience a mental health condition between the ages of 0-12.
Kids’ ability to calm themselves when they experience stress is an invaluable tool. The Elanation ETURBO+ Sports Watch thoughtfully includes a meditation mode to empower kids to manage their well-being and develop an independent understanding of their health. This unique feature guides kids through a one-minute breathing session, right from their wrist whenever they need to make space to slow down and take a breath. Inhale, exhale, repeat.
Elanation mum Jen loves that the ETURBO+ gives her son the skills to develop healthy habits. He’s learned to tap into mindfulness mode whenever he feels his heart rate elevate in moments of non-activity. For Jen it’s about more than the fact that he has access to these tools at his fingertips; it’s the ease of access that gives her peace of mind.
Engaging in mindfulness activities as a family is also a great way to connect, bring focus and promote happiness. Detach from the craziness of the outside world and make fun and powerful activities part of your family routine—go on a sound exploration, savour some silence or practice mindful eating. Stay in the moment and enjoy it!
Remember, the goal for most kids isn’t to eliminate anxiety completely, but to give them the skills and tools to manage anxiety so it doesn’t inhibit their ability to enjoy life.
Click below to see the watch used by this family to champion mindfulness.