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Mindfulness is a stress release technique for the whole family

Learn techniques at an expert-led workshop

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Money. Work. House. Co-workers. Family. School. Homework. Teachers. Sports. Clubs

No matter our age, we all have things that stress us out. And while what causes stress may be different because of our age, we all experience stress in similar ways.

Signs of stress and anxiety in both children and adults include the following symptoms:

  • Stomachaches
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Moodiness
  • Not wanting to go to work or school

Mindfulness is one technique that has proven to be valuable in dealing with everyday stressors. You can learn mindfulness techniques from a very young age and can even practice as a family.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being aware of your movements, the world around you and your interactions with other people — taking notice of what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing at any given time.

By learning mindfulness and the ability to focus and live in the moment, adults and children can learn to relax and let go of anxious thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness can include activities like meditation and breathing, listening and awareness exercises. Mindfulness meditation in schools has been shown to increase concentration among students, improve behavior and attendance, and even raise grades.

Want to learn how to practice mindfulness?

Join Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness on Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 to 11 a.m., for “Mindfulness and Meditation for Stress Relief,” a workshop for you and your family. The event is being held as part of the Frazier History Museum’s “Hope and Healing: Celebrating 125 Years of Norton Children’s Hospital” exhibit.

Izzy Nalley Thompson of Fig Leaf Yoga & Fitness will lead the workshop to help you identify stressors and provide the tools to help all members of the family — adults and kids — cope. This one-hour workshop is appropriate for families with children ages 5 and older.

“In a world of multitasking and overstimulation, mindfulness allows us to build our compassion, resilience and mental muscles,” Thompson said.

The workshop will be held in the first-floor Marshall Charitable Foundation Education Center at Frazier History Museum. Tickets for the workshop are $8 per person, which includes admission to all museum exhibits.

Make sure to stay and walk through the “Hope and Healing: Celebrating 125 Years of Norton Children’s Hospital” exhibit after the workshop!

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