As adults, we know the importance of mindfulness and wellbeing and the positive impact it can make to our lives, but in today's world filled with technology and distractions, it can be challenging to get children to engage in activities that promote their physical and mental health.
Incorporating mindfulness practices into your child's routine can help them develop healthy habits that can improve their emotional regulation, increase their focus and attention, and reduce stress and anxiety.
In this blog, we will explore five ways to improve children's wellbeing and keep them engaged.
Encourage physical activity
Physical activity is essential for children's overall health and wellbeing. Encourage your child to engage in regular physical activity, such as sports, yoga, dance, or outdoor activities. Find activities that they enjoy and make them a part of their routine. This can help keep them physically fit, reduce stress, and promote better sleep.
Promote healthy eating habits
Healthy eating habits are crucial for maintaining good health. Encourage children to eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, limiting sugary and processed foods and ensure they stay hydrated throughout the day. You could involve them in meal planning and preparation, and teach them about the importance of eating a healthy diet.
Getting enough sleep is essential for children's overall wellness. Establish a regular sleep routine that includes a consistent bedtime and wake-up time. Create a relaxing bedtime routine that includes activities such as reading or taking a warm bath, and limiting screen time before bed, as it can interfere with sleep quality.
Teach mindfulness and relaxation techniques
Mindfulness and relaxation techniques can help children manage stress and improve their overall wellbeing. Introduce simple mindfulness exercises such as deep breathing or body scans, teaching them to notice their thoughts and emotions without judgment. Encourage relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or listening to calming music.
Lead by Example
Children learn best by example, so it's important to model ways you improve your own wellbeing. Incorporating meditation or mindful practices into your own daily routine to show your child how you manage stress, emotions, and difficult situations. Children are more likely to adopt healthy habits when they see their parents doing them. Make it a family activity, and encourage everyone to participate. This can help your child see the value in these practices and be more willing to engage in them themselves.
Incorporating different practices into your child's routine can help them develop healthy habits that they can carry with them throughout their lives to improve their health and wellbeing. Start by introducing simple techniques and making it fun and enjoyable. Encourage regular physical activity and model healthy habits yourself. By doing so, you can help your child build a foundation of good health and wellbeing that can benefit them for years to come.
At WOW Fest 2023, our dedicated Children’s Mindfulness Area will have an array of activities, FREE for children (and their accompanying adult) to enjoy, including:
Family Friendly Silent Disco with Silent Yoga UK
Children's Fitness made Fun with Mr Move It
Children’s Guided Meditation with Jasper Wellbeing
Children’s Mindfulness Workshop with Inner Guidance
Creating Kinder Kids with Katriona Perett
Progressive Play with James Davison
Skipping Workshops with Lizzie
Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Nature Trail, Natural Play Area & lots more!
Explore more and find out what’s on offer here.