Healthy Living

Meet The Simple Practice That Can Boost A Child's Well-Being

There's power in presence.
03/16/2016 12:00pm ET

The benefits of mindfulness are seemingly endless for adults, but few consider how beneficial the practice can be for children.

They should. Research suggests that a mindfulness practice can reduce stress and improve sleep quality. It may also aid in a child's academic performance and help young ones with ADHD.

On the flip side, anxiety is not just an adult concern. It can immediately and negatively affect a child's health and well-being, a problem that can last through adolescence and into adulthood. Engaging in mindfulness may be able to combat these negative feelings when they arise.

For our ninth episode of Next Level Living, a 10-part HuffPost Originals video series on the science behind our everyday habits, we chatted with experts on the importance of making mindfulness an everyday practice. Only a few minutes a day can have a host of perks, from helping kids sharpen their attention to making them more in-tune with their emotions.

"Mindfulness isn't about having perfect attention, it's about noticing when your mind has wandered and bringing it back to whatever you're doing," clinical social worker Carla Naumburg explained. "Any activity you do with your kid can be a mindfulness practice if you choose to make it so."

Take a look at the video above for more on the science of mindfulness and how it can boost everyone's well-being. There's power in presence.

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