People have been practicing mindfulness strategies for centuries. Mindfulness is a practice that can be traced back to the Eastern traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, involving yoga and meditation. It made its way to the West in the 1970s when Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, adapted Buddhist teachings into a scientific framework.
Mindfulness has become more and more popular as a coping mechanism for stress and anxiety. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that meditation was the fastest growing health trend in the United States. As the conversation around mental health continues to evolve, so does the conversation around mindfulness.
Mindfulness is intentional, non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. It has been linked with multiple indicators of well-being and improvements to emotional regulation. The practice of mindfulness is commonly used today in treatment settings, such as Collier County non-profit David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), as well as in schools and workplaces. It can also easily be used at home as a self-care practice.
Motivated by her own struggles with anxiety and concerns about the increases in school violence, youth depression, and suicide, Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn was inspired to start an organization called MindUP™, which aims to help youth better understand their thoughts and feelings. She went on to author a best-selling book, 10 Mindful Minutes, to offer guidance on raising healthy, joyful, and resilient children.
Hawn believes the brain is like any other muscle that needs to be trained. Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP teaches the skills and knowledge that children need to regulate their stress and emotion, form positive relationships, and act with kindness and compassion.
Here are a few simple strategies shared on MindUP.org that the entire family can use to help young people find optimism and build resilience:
Connect with Your Child Through Mindful Moments
Taking time to immerse yourself together in present activities, like listening to sounds or taking a walk outside, can enrich enjoyment.
Practice Gratitude at a Family Meal
Simply noting one thing we are thankful about helps induce positive emotions.
Join Together Daily in a Quiet, Focused Breathing Exercise
Together, take three deliberate deep breaths to bring calm and reduce stress.
Focus on the Positive
At the end of the day, ask your child to share one or more things that went well today – this helps foster a positive mindset.
Dive deeper into these mindfulness tips with Goldie Hawn at the DLC Sound Minds™ 55th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 5pm at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort.
Hawn will serve as the keynote speaker and will share insights about her personal journey to wellness and happiness, and her life’s purpose to create innovative solutions to help children thrive.
Immediately following the reception and presentation, VIP guests will enjoy a private dinner with an intimate opportunity to meet Hawn.
The cost to attend is $400 per person and can be purchased at DLCSoundMinds.org.