Athletic activities are a wonderful way for kids to have fun, get in shape, and connect with friends. Sport performance is not only physical in nature, but it has been suggested that performance is also a highly mental process. Many coaches and parents spend a great deal of time and attention on the physical aspects of sports and on skill training. Little, if any time or energy is placed on the mental aspect of athletic performance.
Childhood and adolescence are marked by rapid change, growth and challenge—and they are often periods of high risk for developing anxiety. This is especially true today, when children of all ages are immersed in technology and constantly bombarded with stimuli of all kinds. When fears and anxious feelings become difficult to manage, one effective tool that may help your child is mindfulness.
Our breathing is directly related to our emotions. When we are nervous, our breathing is fast and noisy. When we are calm, it becomes slow and harmonious. In tense moments, if we know how to control breathing, we can react with serenity. How often do we want to calm ourselves but do not know how to do it? How often do we want to concentrate but have a thousand ideas racing around our head? How often do we want to sleep but the stress of tomorrow consumes our thoughts?
Kids & Teens:
A Resource Guide
Practicing mindfulness is one way that children and teens can learn to cope with stress and enhance their overall mental health. On this site, the American Psychological Association (APA) and Magination Press provide practical information and useful tools for parents, educators, and other caregivers to apply when teaching mindfulness to children and teens. Here you’ll find resources recommended by the experts at APA, including a catalog of books published by Magination Press that address mindfulness in a kid-friendly manner.
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Getting the help of a trained, licensed professional may be the best thing for your child. The APA’s Psychologist Locator can help you locate a therapist in your area.
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