depression in children seems to be catching up as a treatment option as it has
no side effects. It is easy to prevent the common symptoms of depression with
meditation. Meditation has a positive impact on children. Learn how dealing
with problems is easy with meditation.
Depression cannot be termed as a mental disorder as the age our children live in, it is unavoidable to a certain extent. However, it is obviously not desirable and care should be taken to combat and cure it whenever you notice it in your kids. Parents always wish and desire the best for their kids, but conditions have become stressful and there are no doubts about this fact.
There is anxiety, anger, fear and conflict, often leading to frustration that borders on depression. More often than not these are external environmental factors that the child has to live in. Under such circumstances, there ought to be a safe and effective mechanism to deal with the threat. Meditation is one such mechanism.
This is a very effective relaxation technique that wards off the most common symptoms of depression with ease. It is a very natural and simple technique that can be readily adopted by the children as it will suit their temperament. Stress and anxiety are the factors that compound into depression if allowed to grow. This technique of meditation is a way that will help the child to deal and fight with these ever-present factors with considerable ease. If he does not get bogged down by these factors, they will also not lead to depression. It induces calmness, feeling of joy and boosts the creative spirit within.
How Does Meditation Act on The Mind?
If you listen to the observations of the children who have practised and benefited from meditation and their parents who have closely observed them, you will find that it brings in a feeling of overall peace and calmness in the child. He feels more at ease with himself, more settled in his condition and environment and accepts events that are occurring around him and those that are beyond his control with more maturity. They do not get worked up easily and lose their cool. Thereby hey turn out to be more understanding towards their friends, parents and people around them. They understand themselves in a better way too. As such they can control any exuberance of emotions too with considerable ease.
Benefits of Meditation to Children
Here is how the meditation brings about a positive impact on children and those who are already suffering from depression:
The emotions are calmed and the child is more in self-control as he better understands himself, the strengths and weaknesses of his own personality.
Once the child gets calmed he accepts himself and is more at ease with himself.
Calmness wards off the common symptom of depression which stems from the thought that ‘something is lacking in me, and so people are unhappy with me’.
They become more patient while dealing with problems and others. They look for solutions and there is no tendency to escape.
This improves their brain activity as their creativity and imagination comes to the fore. They turn out innovative thinkers and better performers.
They are less anxious and tense when they face an examination or test.
They are eager to learn and discover and afraid of teachers, studies or books.
They can concentrate better and as such they show an improvement in memory.
Their mind-body coordination is improved and there is no or lesser display of fatigue or tiredness.
They have better sleep.
There is a marked enhancement in self-esteem.
The tendency towards some negative habits that often have their roots in adolescents like smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse and viewing or indulging in pornographic acts are reduced.
Basically meditation is a great way to help the child grow into a happy adult life. Once he gets to stay calm and understand his feeling and control them according to requirement, he will become more matured. He will have a better idea on what is good for him and with a healthy mind; he will work for himself an equally healthy future.
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