1. Meditate Helps Kids to be Composed
Meditation is one of the best good habits for kids and is beneficial and propitious for kids as well, as we can mould a child in the best possible manner and make them a responsible citizen. According to a study by Microsoft, our average attention span has been reduced from 12 to 8 seconds since 2000, aggressive influence of digital world has created a whole generation of overthinkers, “ leading to confusion, depression, short focus span, low confidence level and short retention power, meditation can help kids to increase their attention span.
how meditation is good for you? This is the same question I once asked myself until I found that Meditation helps one to focus and grasp the things in very less time. It also improves the power of retention which at the end will help them in their studies as well as for performing well in the extracurricular activities, it helps them in developing their interests or hobbies and to achieve their goals.
Meditation does not always mean that you have to sit straight with your legs crossed. You can meditate from anywhere. It is nothing but a state of absolute attention or in the western world known as a flow state.
It simply means that An unbroken flow of knowledge to an object is Dhyana (meditation). Every day, after waking up mediate. Which has numerous scientifically proven physiological benefits too.
2. Maintain A to-do list,to be organised
A to-do list is helping me a ton to keep up with my daily schedule. We human beings are usually unorganized, but miraculously if you put your schedule in a productive way, like writing and prioritizing your tasks then your mind will automatically fall into a system of productivity. Do Make sure that your to-do list should not include more than 5 tasks per day.
To-do lists can be very effective especially when you happen to have a list of things that you feel you have to do. To-do list helps you in addressing the situation in the following ways:
- They help in prioritizing tasks:
Constructing a list of tasks based on the decreasing order of priority in the to-do list can benefit massively in prioritizing tasks and hence having a more focused approach to those tasks as the ‘clutter’ gets given minor or no importance on a given day.
- They bring structure to the day or week
As the list of tasks for the day is laid out properly in front of you because of the to-do list, goals become action-points. There would be more clarity on how the tasks need to be addressed and accomplished. After a high priority task is accomplished, then you move on to the task in the next level of priority, and so on. This practice automatically helps in bringing structure to the day.
- They help in time management
time management for teenager is really important, As you have a noticeable to-do list right in front of you, it promotes in assessing the time required for each task to be completed and therefore, for the entire list of tasks to be completed on a particular day. This helps in organising the tasks according to the set time. This obviously leads to better time management.
- They help in reducing anxiety
As there is comparatively lesser number of tasks resulting in better focus and application, the possibility of achieving them properly and on time increases. This lessens the anxiety levels in you.
3. Be an Intentional Procrastinator
We all need rest, and your will-power is like a muscle, the more you use it the more it drains. Hence, don’t just jump onto your task, first slow down and examine which one is your priority then set deadlines for each. Deadlines will help you to be productive and at the same time will enhance your urgency to work.
we all get burnout and for kids, it is too necessary to avid the cycle of burnout hence for all the parents out there who are reading this, should adopt a schedule in such a way that it fosters the emotional growth of their children and let their kids enjoy some solitude and insightful time with all by themselves without the involvement of electronic gadgets like phones, computers. As a child needs time to cultivate a meaningful connection with their inner self.
4. Read, Write and Create
Everything is available at ease, without you doing the hardship. The modern world has caused a deterioration in creativity among people, especially kids. Reading, writing and finding creative ideas daily, that match with your hobbies can aid kids and young generation to overcome this situation, emphasising more on the creativity from within. Help your kids to read more, write more ideas they have learned and execute them into something more meaningful and valuable thing.
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5. Interact with creative minds
Jim Rohn once said- You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”. If you want to be more productive, surround yourself with smart, creative, and productive people. Expand your network, attend conferences, meeting and explore.
Kids should develop a ritual of interacting with people who can teach them something and help them identify their strengths and weaknesses.
6. Journal every day
Write what you learned and your thoughts because Journaling has been proven to profoundly help individuals with mental stress and expanding their creativity. Journaling helps kids in self-auditing and improve your mood ( As explained below ).
- Assisting you to prioritize problems, fears, and concerns
- Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them
Triune brain theory
The Triune brain theory states that we have 3 somewhat distinct areas of our brain
- R-Complex: The brain stem. The oldest part of our brain on an evolutionary scale. Responsible for instinctual behaviours (hardwired fear of heights, etc)
- The Limbic System: Responsible for emotions, decisions, among other things.
- The Neocortex: Responsible for language, thought, conscience and imagination.
what does this have to do with a daily journal?
Everything we do in life, and the choice we make, can be summoned down to an emotional level. We either do something to move towards pleasure or move off from pain.
Suppose A student may have an upcoming paper due in a month or two, which will take at least a 2 weekend to complete. This student is most often unlikely to get started his preparation for the paper far in advance. Little about starting this paper now moves the student towards pleasure, as there is a party this weekend and its pleasure is greater than sitting in the library for 15 hours on the weekend.
Many weeks later, there is now only 1 weekend left to finish the paper or fail the paper, and the class, and perhaps the semester or even worse. At this point, the pain of failing has become so immense, that the student will start working on the paper and get it done as soon as possible.
- Should I go to the gym, or go out with friends for ice cream?
- Should I study for this interview, or watch Netflix?
Our ability to think about the long term can allow us to override the emotions and short term pleasures gained at the moment.
How Daily journaling helps kids
A daily journal is a way of getting your long terms goals and future plans into reality. Simply putting them onto paper with ink puts them in tangible physical space. It makes them real and present. The mental exercise of doing so, and writing it down, bring it to the forefront of our mind.
Without such ritual, we are much more likely to give in to the emotion short term whims of right now! Perhaps you wake up on a weekend at 6 am. There’s so much you could do with this time. However, if you haven’t planned anything you’re likely to just turn off your alarm and fall back asleep.
How many times do you wake up on a Saturday or Sunday and think “Ok great, I have so much time to do X, Y and Z.” Go to the gym, create that idea, etc. The next thing you know, it’s Sunday evening. You didn’t go to the gym. You didn’t eat healthily. You didn’t clean or do laundry. You didn’t get a single task on your list complete.
Because without guidance, without process, without tasks written down in physical tangible space like a journal, you will give in to the emotional whims of NOW 99% of the time.
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