I’m sure every mother, and father, spend countless hours worrying about what type of future our children will be living in and what we can do now to support them to get the most out of life.
The way we teach children at school and at home has a big role to play in the mental health and resilience of our next generation as we head towards a world with more technology connectivity, increasing employment uncertainty and increasing housing affordability issues.
By this I don’t mean that we need to teach kids more about technology, coding or robotics, these are important but we also need to teach them the skills they need to be mentally resilient and healthy.
When I was first introduced to mindfulness I have to admit I was a bit sceptical – it seemed a bit too alternative for the scientific approach that I had been taught throughout my eight years at university.
I was a practising psychologist, working with people going through the traumatic experience of being diagnosed with cancer. I would sit and talk with them about their life, their triumphs and their tribulations and try as I might to help them mentally rationalise this life-altering situation they had suddenly found themselves in, it wasn’t something that was easily made sense of.
There’s often no explaining why or how some people are diagnosed with cancer, and others are not. The tidal wave of emotions and fears that every human would experience in this situation was all encompassing.
So, when I dug a bit deeper into the world of mindfulness research I was pleasantly surprised to find out that mindfulness was a scientifically validated approach to help people in exactly this situation; and more excitingly, a practice that could actually help everyone develop the skills needed to manage life’s challenges.