Create a Cost-Effective Mindfulness Program for Your School
Starting an at-home practice is easy for families, teens, and adults. They key is to keep it small and consistent.
How To Start a Family Mindfulness Practice at Home
Increasingly, children and their parents are practicing mindfulness together, often to address the symptoms of ADHD, stress, or depression. In this video, Dr. Gehart shares tips for parents wanting to get started.
Tips for Starting a Mindfulness Practice for Busy People
The primary obstacle any of us face in starting a mindfulness practice is finding the time. In this video, Dr. Gehart shares some tips for teens and adults who want to add mindfulness to their daily routine: keep it short but frequent.
Instructions for Mindfulness Breath Meditation
Focus on breath while quieting mind
When distracted (external and internal), refocus with compassion and acceptance
Refocusing is what children’s brains need
How to refocus: use a mantra, counting, peace in/peace out, watch thoughts float away
Do 5-7 times per week, in small doses
InsightTimer Many people find using an app helpful for regular practice. Insight Timer is a leading meditation app for many reasons:
Download for free at: www.insighttimer.com, Apple App Store or Google Play; it can be used on computer, phones or tablets.
Access thousands of free guided meditations
No in-app purchases or other costs (a feature loved by parents)
Use timer with custom gongs and chimes
Keep track of the time you spend practicing mindfulness
Guided InsightTimer Meditations for Kids There is a “Kids & Teens” section that you can access using the app. From the listening library page on the app, scroll down to “get help with…” and select "Kids & Teens.” Check it out here:https://insighttimer.com
Headspace is another popular app that introduces uses to mindfulness meditation in a step-by-step fashion. I recommend this app to children 10+ who are motivated to learn mindfulness.