• Dr. Jazz Killiebrew

Mind Full or Mindful: Protecting Your Child's Mind During a Pandemic

Is your child being mindful during this difficult time or is their mind full? What do you do when your child's body is present, but their mind is somewhere else? With so much conversation surrounding the uncertainty of the world around us, even the slightest task can become overwhelming and without protecting our social-emotional health, the pressure can be insurmountable.

Your kids hear you. Your kids hear the news. They read what is on the internet. Without balance, this can all be too much to process. Your child needs mindfulness strategies. Academics are an intricate part of a child's development, but outside of academics, it is imperative that every person in your child's village caters to him or her holistically.

Mindfulness is our ability to be aware and fully present. It is our ability to be in the moment and engaged in what we are doing, despite what is going on around us. As you can imagine, a child's grades, attentiveness, focus, engagement, and will can all be influenced by things that actually have nothing to do with academics. It could be homelife, world news, sibling issues, economic stress, peer pressure, bullying, sleeplessness at night, difficulty dealing with transitions, grief, and so much more affecting your child's academics. It is vital that you deal with the why before the what. This means focusing on why a behavior is happening instead of what the behavior is.

Although some characteristics of mindfulness are innate, the more we practice healthy thinking habits, the better we become at navigating our emotions. Mindfulness is not only essential for your child, it is also essential for you. Please check out and implement the mindfulness tips below. Be kind to yourself and grow as you go.

  1. Always be present and in the moment.

  2. Practice deep breathing. Feel your breaths. Breathe in and breathe out.

  3. Listen to understand and not to respond.

  4. Forgive yourself and others daily. Forgive yourself for all the negative thoughts that you think about you.

  5. Trust yourself and be vulnerable enough to trust others.

  6. Empty your mind. Take moments to be still.

  7. Go on quiet walks with nature.

  8. Choose affirmations or kind words to say to yourself daily.

  9. Journal.

  10. Speak your truth and use your voice.

  11. Practice compassion.

  12. Show gratitude for the good moments and grace for the bad.

Breathe, Love, and Conquer,


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