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Meditation for School Students : Enhance Focus, Ace Exams

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The cornerstone to building healthy and happy communities begins with a strong foundation. Our children are future leaders, and to ensure they grow up to be healthy individuals, parents and teachers need to ensure their physical, emotional and overall well-being. Over the years, aspects like mental health and fitness that were overlooked for the longest time, have got everybody’s attention. To thrive in academics and personally, children need to be in the best of health, physically as well as mentally.

Understanding the Health and Wellness Needs of Children

Children need to be healthy, happy and fit to give their best in all aspects of life. Cultivating a holistic lifestyle, nutritious food habits and physical exercises at a young age, can help build healthy and confident adults.
Schools play a pivotal role in supporting students to make healthy lifestyle choices and understanding the impact of their choices. There is a direct link between overall wellness and academic performance and vice-versa. Students can harness the power of meditation and make learning fun and stress-free.
IJFMR research shows that bringing meditation into students’ routines can benefit their mental and physical health, improve focus and concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, improve academic performance, improve memory, sleep quality, and overall mental health, and develop self-awareness and problem-solving skills.

EmpowerED- Holistic Health and Wellness Program at Schools

FindYourFit recognizes comprehensive health and wellness initiatives pivotal role in nurturing children. Our initiative EmpowerED, encomposes mental, physical and emotional dimensions. We strongly emphasize addressing mental health challenges in schools by providing comprehensive counselling, nurturing emotional wellness, and fostering an inclusive environment and culture of healthy eating. Stress management and mindful techniques like meditation equip students with valuable coping strategies to tackle academic and personal life challenges and demands.

The Importance of Meditation for Students

Every child is different and so are their abilities to tackle academic and personal challenges. The constant challenge to stand up to parents, peers and societal expectations can cause mental drainage. As far as academics are concerned, success hinges on their ability to grasp massive amounts of information, which can lead to performing under pressure. So whether it is solving complex equations, mastering new languages, preparing for exams or simply just trying to ‘fit in’, students are constantly under pressure. In this scenario, mediation appears as a saviour to fortify mental pressure and optimise learning.
FindYourFit’s initiative EmpowerED aims to help students improve concentration, self-awareness, happiness and relaxation promote good sleep and enhance overall wellness.

6 Benefits of Meditation for Children

  • Reduces Stress Level: Academics can be stressful and challenging for students. Incorporating meditation into children’s daily routines can help reduce stress and anxiety. During mediation the mind is in a deep state of relaxation and peace, attaining mental clarity. 
  • Enhances Self-Awareness: Meditation allows one to gain self-introspect and observe self-awareness. With regular meditation practice, students foster self-awareness and knowledge that can help them understand themselves better and lead to personal & academic growth. 
  • Academic Performance: One of the major benefits of meditation for children is that allows more focus and attentiveness to their studies and future prospects. Mediation is an effective way to help students combat distractions and improve concentration levels. 
  • Improves Mental Health: Regular meditation is known to improve health by reducing stress levels and anxiety. This helps to achieve an improved ability to focus optimally on tasks, enhance brain efficacy and grasp new concepts. 
  • Promoting Good Sleep: Quality sleep is key to optimal health and wellness. With regular meditation, it promotes a healthy sleeping pattern to relax and rejuvenate the body and mind. 
  • Promotes Overall Wellness: The benefits of meditation are beyond academics, influencing other aspects of life. It promotes overall wellness and mental clarity by enhancing student capacity to manage extracurricular activities, maintaining healthy relationships and cultivating a balanced lifestyle.

4 Types of Meditation for Students

Students have to juggle various things at a time and are constantly stressed about many things. Hence the importance of meditation has become more profound than ever. When it comes to meditation for students, there are different types of meditation practices like:
  • Mindfulness Meditation: This is a type of meditation practice, where one focuses on the ideas as they move through the mind. Mindfulness meditation is about being present and not getting distracted by thoughts of the past or tension of the future. It involves focusing on what one is feeling with 100% attention and focus. 
  • Focused Meditation: This meditation practice involves using all five senses and focusing entirely on them to stay in the present. Focused meditation is all about zeroing in on the details of something so much that one cannot see anything else.  This type of meditation helps students deepen focus, concentration and attentiveness. 
  • Breathing Meditation: Breathing exercises can help make the mind sharper. This form of meditation involves using breathing as a subject of focus. It allows students to focus on present positive moments, helping them feel peace and calm throughout the day. 
  • Mantra Meditation: Mantras Ohm and Aham Prem are Yogic devices that are based on sacred sounds to evoke psychological states. The mental and verbal recitation improves focused awareness and eliminates negativity. 

Tips to Incorporate Meditation into Children’s Routine

Incorporating meditation into children’s routines helps relax the mind, energises the body and helps them tackle negative emotions like anger, fear and depression. Here is how you can incorporate meditation into your child’s routine.
  • Create an Environment of Calmness: Implement a daily meditation place that is warm, and brightly lit, with Yoga mats, essential oils and calm. Happy teachers and a warm environment can help kids manage their emotions better through meditation. Create a calm meditation room at home where the child feels free to be themselves. 
  • Lead By Example: Children mirror elders’ behaviours. Parents can start their own Yoga practice and then teach their children. The more they see parents meditating the more interested they will be in the activity. 
  • Create Mindfulness Routines Before Bed: Sleep and health go hand-in-hand. As a family make rules around mobile phones and other electronic devices. This is especially relevant for teenagers who are more prone to get attached to social media. Incorporate mindfulness practice into teens’ lives to just appreciate and live in the present moment. 
  • Practise Consistently: Consistency is the key. Keep the mediation session short to align with children’s attention span.
Meditation serves as a holistic approach to student growth and development, nurturing emotional as well as intellectual and self-growth. It stands as a timeless practice to empower students and individuals to unlock their full potential and thrive in the constantly evolving world.

EmpowerED- Health and Wellness Programs for Students

FindYourFit’s school health and wellness program (EmpowerED) initiative emphasizes the need for meditation as it relaxes the mind, offers good sleep, ensures optimum learning, and enhances self-esteem hence leading to happier and healthier students. Our approach towards health and wellness is our testament to a holistic and student-centric philosophy that places student well-being above everything. Through EmpowerED, we equip teachers, principals, parents, students and the community as a whole with the tools and support they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives.
EmpowerED reaffirms its commitment to holistic well-being and nurturing future generations. FindYourFit’s EmpowerED was successfully launched offline with teachers and principals from 75+ schools on 2nd May 2024, in Jaipur Rajasthan. To partner with us, get in touch with us today.
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Shubhagi Shere

Young and enthusiastic, Shubhangi Shere is a fitness and nutrition coach who has always been fascinated by the relationship that our bodies have with the food that we consume on a daily basis. In the last few years, she has acquired a deep understanding of nutrition and how a few simple habits can help us lead a healthier lifestyle. She is now on a mission to make people understand the long term benefits of healthy eating and movement in their day to day lives. She is always eager to learn and loves to have conversations with people from different walks of life. In her free time, she hops onto her bike and explores the magic of nature.

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