Benefits of Meditation for Kids in Schools

While meditation is often considered to be a purely spiritual practice, the reality, as established within the past decades by researchers, is that the exercise also has many health benefits for people who meditate regularly. Irrespective of the form of meditation practiced, it can relax the body and free the mind from distracting thoughts. While meditation is often associated with adults, it has many beneficial effects on the emotional, intellectual and mental development of kids. Here are some of the many health benefits of mediation for kids.

Increased attention

Studies have shown that meditation can help adults with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) focus and there is increasing proof that it has positive effects on the attention of kids, too. Children who practice meditation regularly have better concentration and more improved attention at school. Meditation can also help improve behavioural problems, and decrease anxiety levels in kids.
Improved grades and attendance in school
Anecdotal evidence, and scientific evidence, show that meditation can help improve the grades and attendance of kids in school. Schools who incorporate meditation in their programs have reported better grades and attendance, fewer suspensions, and less aggressive children. And this has been supported by research which suggests that mindfulness helps children during high-stakes tests by boosting their working memory and reducing their anxiety.

Overcoming trauma

Many kids are facing stressors at home as either chronic stress or trauma. As several experts have indicated, when children are experiencing really bad situations at home, their minds and bodies become so overwhelmed that they may be unable to concentrate in class. This is where meditation comes in handy to help them deal with such stressors. However, it is important for teachers to be aware of the stressors that the child may be facing at home so that they can tailor the routine appropriately. Otherwise, asking traumatised children to sit still and start meditating could be problematic.

Testimonial from children at Rossall Independent school in Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK. The children said “They felt much calmer and focused going into the exams and don’t get as easily distracted”
Kelly Johnson...Meditation Teacher

Self-awareness and self-regulation

Meditation is closely related to self-awareness and self-regulation. This means that if you learn to control your current thought processes, you would definitely be able to manage your reactions, behaviors and emotions. Since children are still learning how to manage their own issues, they can benefit greatly from guided mediation on how to do that, instead of letting them learn it on their own. It teaches children to connect with their inner self. They can be empathic or kind to others only when they are connected to themselves.

Social-emotional development

Meditation inspires kindness to others, and this can be beneficial to kids. Studies have shown that kids who practice meditation acquire skills of attention and self-management making their decision making and behavior more responsible. Moreover, they are generally happier, kinder, more resilient, more compassionate, more respectful and more connected to others.
These are some of the major benefits of meditation for kids. Many schools have incorporated mediation in their programs to boost the grades of students. You can also introduce this practice to your kid at home to improve his/her mental health. Regular meditation will help reduce fatigue, anxiety and depression in kids.

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