Can my children practice mindfulness?Jun
Mindfulness has become a trend in recent years. A lot of people who are suffering from mood problems try to improve their quality of life through mindfulness. Many of the mindfulness learners agree that their physical and mental well-being has enhanced significantly. However, mindfulness is not yet ...
Mindfulness has become a trend in recent years. A lot of people who are suffering from mood problems try to improve their quality of life through mindfulness. Many of the mindfulness learners agree that their physical and mental well-being has enhanced significantly. However, mindfulness is not yet as popular as expected in adolescents. Can they actually benefit from mindfulness as adults do?
First of all, mindfulness can facilitate the development of executive functioning, which is one of our most essential cognitive abilities. It includes inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility and working memory. Abundant precedent research found that adults practicing mindfulness exercises does help enhance their executive functioning. Individuals with better executive functioning tend to have more focused attention, following with better self-regulation on emotions and behavior.
Adolescence is the peak development period of executive functioning, which is mainly processed in prefrontal cortex (PFC). This region is responsible for regulation of emotions and attention. It is found that adolescents require higher activation of PFC than adults do for regulating emotions. Furthermore, high-arousal situations impair adolescent decision-making abilities much more than those in adults. Therefore, adolescents may significantly benefit from mindfulness by enhancing executive functioning and promoting the growth of PFC which both help the regulation of emotions and attention, as well as the enhancement of decision making.
Overloading negative affects, such as anxiety, could interfere our working memory and attention. Academic performances may thus be affected in these circumstances. Mindfulness, which encourages a present-moment experiential form of self-awareness, can reduce rumination and self-judgment. These factors may boost students’ learning motivation.
Other than the concerns of academic aspect, it is believed that cultivating a higher dispositional mindfulness, which means living in the concepts of mindfulness, can protect adolescents with poor decision-making skills from participating in risky health behaviors, such as smoking.
To conclude, mindfulness can be an inspirational practice for EVERYONE. If a family can practice mindfulness together, this will become a common topic among the family members. Furthermore, both parents and children can enhance their self-awareness of emotions and behavior through practicing mindfulness, which is expected to effectively ameliorate their relationship.