How Can Mindfulness Skills Help Children Build Resilience?

“Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be”.

Resilience refers to one’s ability to successfully manage one’s life and to successfully adapt to change and stressful events in healthy and constructive ways. It is about our ability to bounce back from all of life’s experiences, both the really advantageous ones as well as the really challenging, traumatic ones.

Children have always needed effective coping skills, however the modern world is more challenging than ever before, and it appears that many young people have few resources to deal with adversity. By practicing mindfulness, children learn life skills that help them to soothe and calm themselves, bring awareness to their inner and outer experience, and bring a reflective quality to their actions and relationships.

This allows children to connect themselves in terms of what they see, feel and think, to others. This creates a worldview of interconnectedness, allowing them to feel less isolated. Through mindfulness, children can learn to be aware of the impact of their actions and words on others, they consider others when setting goals and planning, and they are more likely to be kind to themselves, during moments of real and perceived failure.

Through the practice of mindful awareness, children can start to see their lives through a different lens.

During the past several decades, numerous studies have documented the benefits of teaching mindfulness skills to both adults and children. Click here to access resources.