Our Kids Are Struggling

December 19, 2017 | By More

They are acting out at school with greater intensity and frequency.  They are anxious and depressed.  They are cutting.  Some of our kids are dying.  Even those kids who seem to be doing well (respectively) are reporting greater stress and pressure than any generation before.

Why is this happening to our kids? Is it too much screen time?  Is it social media? Is it their self esteem?

Lots of us want to help.  Parents try to communicate with their kids. They look to professionals for advice and guidance. Teachers work tirelessly to meet the unique needs of each student that shows up in their classroom. They offer support during and after school: both academic and emotional, knowing that supporting the latter is the ONLY way to improve the former.

Although these efforts are helpful in some cases, the research and statistics will show that these supports have not been enough to change the negative trajectory of mental health in children and teens in this country.

It’s safe to say the external environment surrounding these kids and the associated pressures aren’t going to change anytime soon.  Maybe then we need to start looking for solutions from another angle.  Is there a way to build resilience? To encourage that Growth Mindset we hear so much about?  Can we equip our kids with tools and strategies to help them feel better? Can we help them train their brains to be healthy and adaptable?  My experience tells me we can.

Decades of working in the health and fitness industry and have afforded me the opportunity to walk the path to health and wellness with many clients. One thing I know for sure is this: just as we cannot expect drastic change in muscle strength or body composition in one training session, nor can we expect greatly improved emotional fortitude without dedicated practice.  I have worked with people of all ages, in their homes and mine, to build up their bodies AND their minds.  My goal is to bring this mental fitness to a wider audience who stand to benefit greatly: our kids.

My Mindfully Fit program is just that: fitness for the mind.  Through gentle movement, meditation and coaching, the program is designed to support students to develop healthy mental habits so they can maximize their potential.  There is no shortage of documentation in the fields of psychology, education and neuroscience to support the benefits of mindfulness.  More specifically, research is pointing to positive effects on well-being, social and academic skills.

Through Mindfully Fit, students will learn and practice recognizing sources, or triggers of stress and anxiety in their environment. Perhaps even more importantly, they will practice self-regulation strategies to cope with stress and anxiety in their daily lives. Mindfully Fit can be customized and differentiated based on the unique needs of the group.

The great educator Maya Angelou once said:

“Do the best you can until you know better.

  Then when you know better, do better”

Let’s teach our kids what they need to know, so they can do what they need to do, to feel better.

Visit Personalizedfitness.ca/mindfullyfit to learn more about bringing Mindfully Fit to your school.

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