Our program introduces mindfulness to the Early Years and helps make BIG feelings child size. Many feel that young children are naturally happy, content and mindful, especially in their play, so why do we need to teach them what they appear to already know?
The truth is, if we could pause time and bottle this moment we probably wouldn’t need to but with the nature of todays society, as we grow older our lives become more rushed and structured, we are exposed to more and more stimuli and we can become less able to tune in to our senses and manage our inner thoughts and feelings.
The modern world of stress!
As wonderful as our world of modern technology is, if we don’t look after our brains it can lead us to become overstimulated and overwhelmed, releasing adrenaline and cortisol into the brain which is our body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. In children this is often when they ‘scream and run’, it’s their body’s way of saying “this is too much and I don’t feel safe.”
The more we switch on this back part of our brain called the Amygdala, the more we switch off the front part of the brain which is our pre frontal cortex. Over time this pattern of behaviour will increase the sensitivity of the Amygdala which is where Mental Health illnesses like depression and anxiety can occur.
In today’s society, 1 in 8 children and 1 in 4 adults will experience a diagnosable mental health condition.
How can mindfulness help reduce the feelings of stress and anxiety?
Whilst young children are naturally mindful, it is not a conscious response and they are not aware that they are doing so.
Through our program you can help your children learn how to be aware of those ‘scream and run’ feelings and teach them how to re-set and look after their inner rainbow which is formed by our Feelings Family.
You will be able to equip your children with strategies to release the ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain which are Dopamine, (which we call a brain high five) Serotonin (a brain holiday) and Oxytocin. (A brain hug) Learning how to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours at young age can significantly reduce the effects of daily stresses as they grow through school and beyond.
The benefits of investing in the Early Years really can last a lifetime.
The benefits of mindful living for all
Mindfulness helps us to be able to pause and slow down so that we can be more aware and make conscious responses to situations as they arise, rather than having automatic reactions.
Mindfulness supports us and our children by:
- Enhancing our ability to process our own feelings and the feelings of others with more awareness and empathy, building resilience and enhancing flexible thinking.
- Strengthening relationships, including the one we have with ourselves whilst supporting a positive growth mindset.
- Helping us to cope better and problem solve when things feel difficult and stressful.
- Improving overall happiness and wellbeing through contentment.
Mindfulness is all about paying attention to what is happening as it happens in the moment, with acceptance, kindness and free from judgment. It is really about slowing down and encourages a calm, conscious and purposeful way of living, with a deeper awareness and connection.
We are passionate about empowering the Early Years through play and working together for a brighter future, which is why our Online Membership Program is available to Parents, Carers and Professionals alike.
For further information please follow the relevant links below:
Parents and Carers: https://sunnykidsshine.kartra.com/page/signup
EYFS Practitioners: https://sunnykidsshine.kartra.com/page/signuppro