Mindfulness at Camp Beaumont and beyond
Life can be stressful for both parents and children, and even more so during this time of uncertainty.
Mindfulness can help. The practice of mindfulness helps minimise anxiety and increase happiness. It has become more mainstream over recent years as a way to re-centre and focus on the present moment. Children can especially benefit from practising mindfulness from an early age as reinforced habits will inform adult behaviours.
When refreshing the Camp Beaumont timetables, we felt that finding time within the day to introduce activities that encourage our campers to ‘Relax and Unwind’ was essential. We’re delighted to let you know that Mindfulness is a brand new addition to the Camp Beaumont activity list, and we’re so excited to introduce the activity to our campers. Of course, our campers’ days will be packed with excitement and adventures, but as part of our new timetables, campers will also benefit from having relaxing mindfulness sessions; which they can go on to practice at home.
The purpose of teaching mindfulness to children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their thoughts and experiences. Mindfulness can help your child understand how emotions manifest, to recognise thought as simply just thoughts, to focus attention and recognise when it has wandered, and to control impulsive behaviour. We can’t wait for our young campers to experience something different at Camp.
Can’t wait for Camp? Here are some great platforms to introduce you and your child to Mindfulness
Headspace is a brilliant platform for both parents and children. Letting go of tensions and stresses to practise calming techniques, refocusing yourself and simply breathing can be far more complicated than it seems. Headspace will talk and guide you and your child through each session.
Try the specially designed kids programme for free
Annaka Harris’ Guided Meditation for Children
If you aren’t ready to sign up just yet and need a shorter introduction, check out Annaka Harris’ Guided Meditation for Children page. There you can find some short (and free!) clips on the page that will gently introduce your child to mindfulness and meditation without having to commit too much time or any personal details to try!
Sign up to the Waking Up App to find even more sessions
Calm is another great app you can use to guide you through meditation. Like Headspace, there are a range of sessions to help introduce you to the practice and then longer sessions for when you become more experienced. Apps are great for teens as they can practise during their own time as they are unlikely to need as much support and encouragement to engage.
You can try Calm for free here.
Breath, Think, Do
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is created for parents and caregivers to use with their young children (ages 2-5) to help teach vital skills such as problem-solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence. Specially designed for young children, this kid-friendly app is the perfect way to get younger children thinking about their behaviours and actions.
Download the app free from The App Store
Download for free from Google Play
The DreamyKid app offers meditation, guided visualization and affirmations created especially for children and teens. It uses proven techniques that teach your kids methods to guide them towards a happier life through mindfulness.
Download the app free from their website.