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Every Mind Matters - Looking After Children and Young People

The past few months have been hard on everyone, including children and young people. Every Mind Matters has tips and advice to help you support children's me...

Explore new ways to help your children...

Organisations that offer Guidance and Support

 

NHS - Children's Mental Health

Young Minds.org

Place2Be - Improving Children's Mental Health

Barnardo's - See, Hear, Respond

kooth - Free Counselling

MindEd for Families

 

Getting a good night's sleep...

 

 

 

Take a look at this very useful information leaflet, produced by the NHS, on sleep hygiene and how to get a good night's rest:

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness has become a trendy word that is used to describe everything from yoga exercises to colouring activities. It can be hard to find a simple way to explain it, especially to children.

 

How to explain Mindfulness to children...

Mindfulness is simply… noticing what is happening right now.

Mindfulness is taking notice of how your body feels and what you see, smell and taste. Maybe you even feel emotions in your body, perhaps through a tightness somewhere, or a good sensation.

Mindfulness is also noticing what your mind is doing.

 

How to explain Mindfulness to teens...

When talking with adolescents, you could simply expand on the previous explanation and say that mindfulness is a basic life skill that can benefit us in many ways.

A popular way to put it is to say: mindfulness is about paying attention in a particular way – on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment.

The non-judgment part means that we simply have an experience without contemplating if the experience is good or bad. By doing this, we develop more self-awareness, emotional balance, and impulse control. It’s about recognising our inner and outer experiences and understanding how they affect our well being.

 

Here are a few links that we think are very helpful when exploring mindfulness with your children:

Moon and Stars (Peace Out: Guided Meditation for Kids) | Cosmic Kids

In this Cosmic Kids guided relaxation, we imagine we're enjoying looking at the moon and the stars!🌈 Watch our videos ad-free on the Cosmic Kids app: https:...