Deerfield Beach, FL: Reducing kids' anxiety with mindfulness

Dec 27, 2017, Deerfield Beach, FL, Sun Sentinel: Mindfulness: Help your child increase focus, reduce anxiety and cultivate empathy by training the mind … The father of modern mindfulnesss is Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts. Based in the tradition of Buddhist mediation, mindfulness is “the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgementally.” MBSR cognitive therapy was designed to help the chronically ill deal with their pain. But its applications have expanded to address myriad conditions from depression and addiction to ADHD to childbirth. … “There are studies that show that it does provide children with increases in focus and attention and reduction in anxiety, improvement in impulse control and emotional regulation, and it cultivates tolerance with an increase in empathy and compassion,” said Silvia Rojas, managing director of Mindful Kids Miami, a nonprofit organization that offers mindfulness training to school children in Miami-Dade County. …

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