Savvy Earth Savers
Mindfulness Part.1

Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one develops through the practice of meditation and through other training.  

Mindfulness offers many benefits and advantages such as efficiency and productivity, less stressful days, emotional intelligence, and a happier life. 

Being a teen is a tough time. Sometimes, people tend to misjudge them and think that their problems are petty or trivial. What they do not know is that teens are susceptible to depression, loneliness, and the like. Teenage years are also part of a person’s formation years. This means that these years of a person’s life are crucial. In other words, teenagers have to be given proper guidance and taught valuable lessons that they will need when they go out into the real world and live their lives on their own. 

To be of help even just a tad bit, here are some activities that promote mindfulness for kids: 

Adult coloring books. This has become a trend today. These coloring books are more complex than the ones kids use. They require more concentration and focus. 

Play Sudoku. Don’t get mistaken. This game is not only for math geeks and nerds. Science has it that Sudoku even lessens the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease in older people.  

Take morning walks. This activity will clear your mind. Listen to the sounds of your surroundings, and notice your breathing and heartbeat.  

Try yoga. Yoga isn’t just physically demanding, it is also a meditation exercise. It improves a person’s ability to clear his mind off things and be free from worry. This exercise, if done regularly, can help well-being and disposition. 

Do breathing exercises first thing in the morning. Take 5 minutes as soon as you wake up to do some breathing exercises. When this is done in silence, this activity can help us be more mindful of what our goals and tasks are for the day.  

Keep a journal. It may be an old way to be reminded of the good things that happens to a person’s day, but it is still one of the best ways. Keep a mindfulness diary or a journal and simply jot down one or two memorable things for a certain day. When he re-reads his journal or diary, you’ll see all the things you’ve done, thought about or experienced and see that you have a lot to be grateful for. 

Make mind maps. This is one of the best ways to create a visual aid of their goals, wants, desires, and the ways in which these are to be achieved. Looking at your mind maps will remind and affirm them that they are on track. 

Listen to music. Although there is the danger of one listening to music mindlessly, alpha waves and delta waves are a few of the kinds of music that are to ensure a person’s optimal productivity while listening to it. 

Play board games. Other than the fact that board games are fun especially when played with friends, these games stimulate brain activity. They teach players how to think and strategize in order to win. They also help in concentration and focus. 

Physical activity helps a person by producing more endorphins or happy hormones. The happier a person is, the better his outlook in life. Exercising is one of the best ways to convert one’s energy into something productive and beneficial. Instead of just laying in bed or lazing around the whole day and being idle, a teen could instead get up and jog or go to the gym. 

Watch documentaries. They are educational, informative, and relevant in more ways than one. Not only will these documentaries develop your knowledge about something, but they will also teach you how to be more observant the next time they encounter anything they see in these documentaries. 

Try some of these for yourself. And let us know what you enjoyed and why. Get in touch on @teentimer3 or find us on Facebook Teen Time on RTHK Radio 3. Next week we’ll be back again with some more mindfulness tips, tricks and activities to help keep us healthy in mind and body during this tricky time! 

2020-03-06 by Cruzanne Macalligan
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