Practise meditation & mindfulness with these tips
Are you looking for more ways to practise meditation and mindfulness in your daily life? Kids Help Phone collaborated with Smiling Mind, a leading prevention-focused mental health not-for-profit organization in Australia, to give young people in Canada access to new, self-guided tools and resources.
Meditation and mindfulness are similar. They’re both about giving your full attention to the present moment in an open and non-judgmental way. They can help you relax, focus, ground yourself, build a self-care routine and more.
It can be helpful to practise meditation and mindfulness using self-guided tools. You can check out the info and resources from Smiling Mind and Kids Help Phone below for support building your skills.
How can I practise meditation and mindfulness?
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgment. Watch this video to learn more.
[Narrator] Just as exercise helps us take care of our bodies, mindfulness is a skill that keeps our minds healthy. Mindfulness helps us perform at our best, and better navigate the inevitable ups and downs of life. Mindfulness is noticing and being curious about what’s happening right now. It’s the opposite of being on autopilot. When our bodies are doing one thing and our minds are somewhere else, often thinking about the past or worrying about the future. When we’re mindful, we engage our senses deliberately and we really take in the things that we can see, smell, hear, taste, and touch. Just as we can build our muscles by going to the gym, we can build our mindfulness muscle through regular practice known as meditation. All it takes is a few minutes a day to see the benefits. So find the time. Your mind will thank you for it.
Why do we need mindfulness?
Mindfulness helps us focus better and think more clearly. It can help us to relax, reduce stress and may improve sleep. Why else do we need mindfulness? Watch out this video to learn more.
[Narrator] Our minds are great at distracting us. Much of the time, our minds are back in the past or off in the future, planning, worrying, reminiscing, daydreaming. On top of this, most of us are leading busy and stressful lives and technology has made it harder than ever to find the off switch. Practicing mindfulness can help us better manage the competing demands of our busy lives and the benefits of doing so are pretty impressive. Mindfulness helps us focus better and think more clearly. It helps us relax, reduce stress, and may improve sleep. It can also help us better access our creativity and be more productive. Mindfulness also helps us make better choices by allowing us to respond with awareness rather than habitually react to the events of our daily lives. Not only that, mindfulness can make us a whole lot happier. What are you waiting for?
How to practise mindfulness
Meditation is easier than you may think. Do you want to learn how to practise mindfulness and build a habit? Watch this video to get started.
[Narrator] There are lots of myths about meditation. Like, you have to sit cross-legged on the floor, you have to stop thinking, it requires a huge time commitment, or it’s only for people who aren’t coping. None of these are true. Meditation is easier than you may think. You stop, place your attention on one thing like your breath and try to hold it there. When you become distracted, which you will, simply notice and bring your attention back. Becoming distracted doesn’t mean that you’ve stopped meditating, losing focus and refocusing over and over again is meditation. You can also practice mindfulness by bringing your full attention to everyday activities like brushing your teeth or eating your lunch. Mindfulness isn’t hard, the hardest part is remembering to do it and doing it regularly. Find a way of being mindful that you enjoy and practice as often as you can.
If you would like support with meditation, mindfulness or anything else, you can reach out to Kids Help Phone 24/7.
Kids Help Phone would like to thank Smiling Mind for their partnership, sharing their resources with young people in Canada and supporting youth mental health!