Here you can download the brochure “Mindfulness – short exercises for children” (on the Croatian language) which were developed by Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center’s experts: “Mindfulness – short exercises for children” (PDF) Short mindfulness exercises that we present here are part of mindfulness for children, and can be applied independently (you can scroll down to printable photos below). Exercises are especially useful in conditions of anxiety, accompanied by unpleasant feelings such as fear, anger, and sadness, which can occur during stressful situations such as those days we experience during the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19) and the aftermath of the Zagreb earthquake.
Children with significant behavioral and emotional changes need the assessment and professional assistance of a specialist. We hope that these exercises will be useful for children, but also for adults who can help and read the exercises for children. We wish you good moments and good fun with mindfulness.
The benefits of mindfulness for children
Mindfulness improves attention, concentration, memory, regulation of feelings and behavior, sleep, relationships with others, self-acceptance and self-esteem, and quality of life in children, which has been proven in numerous studies.
What is mindfulness?
- Mindfulness is a technique aimed at developing attention and concentration, perception, recognition, acceptance, and better control of feelings and behavior, empathy and compassionate relationships. Mindfulness helps calm oneself, gather their thoughts and react more consciously in the stressful and challenging situations of life.
- Mindfulness starts with focused attention, but more than focused attention … Mindfulness exercises can be directed towards the environment using our senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste) or our internal states (senses in the body, thoughts and feelings in the mind).
- Mindfulness is an active process that involves focused attention, noticing, not judging, accepting, approaching all experiences, pleasant and unpleasant, at some point around you and within yourself.
- Mindfulness means to stop, focus, be present and aware.
- Mindfulness is the awareness of the current experience as it is.
- Mindfulness is not an act of resignation or passivity.
- Mindfulness gives you choices.
- Mindfulness is a wise action based on a conscious decision, not an automatic reaction.
On Croatian language: “Mindfulness – kratke vježbe za djecu”
Brochure prepared by: Vlatka Boričević Maršanić, PhD – MD, Ella Selak Bagarić , MSc. psychology