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Going into the new school year, Karlin advises families and children to adopt this mentality. Finding unique ways to put peace at the center of your life is a critical component in maintaining healthy relationships with the people around you, as well as with yourself.
The first step is identifying the things in your life that you struggle with controlling when life gets busy. Stress and mental health are the two things that families need to focus on managing in the upcoming season. And meditation programs, like the SOS Method, can help make the process easier.
- Stress: Children and families are prone to stress during the school year. Kids encounter stress with school work, pressures for college, after-school programs, sports teams and even social media. The prominence of online bullying has caused major mental health issues for children, and has led many of them to develop unhealthy ideals and routines in response to this negative external behavior. Parents will often encounter stress while trying to find the balance between work and family life.
- Mental Health: Mental health is one of the biggest challenges today. The issue often goes beyond just families and children, but it has become a prominent problem within that specific demographic. People are often found asking themselves: How do I stay feeling confident? How do I have compassion for others when I don’t feel it for myself? How can I begin to build positive habits? When you find yourself internalizing negativity and unhealthy thoughts, you’ll automatically do things that are unhealthy in response.
Mental health and stress are often directly related to each other. If you can’t manage your stress, it will affect your ability to think clearly. And if you fail to prioritize your own mental health, the negative energy that you are feeling from stress, will later translate into the way that you love and care for yourself.
“Creating new and healthy habits such as meditation, will be extremely healthy for the family as a whole. With SOS Method, as you begin to listen to the five minute meditations, they anchor you in a calm state of mind,” Karlin says. “What that means is: you’re at school; you’re taking a test; you feel anxiety rising; you just start breathing deep and suddenly; you’re anchored back to that state of peace you’ve got when doing the SOS Meditation.”
The second step is figuring out what meditation practices work best for you and your family. Everyone’s needs are individual, and therefore, their techniques also have to be individual.
Because our schedules tend to become a bit more hectic during the school year, it’s important to take advantage of tools that are easy to access. Apps like the SOS Method offer unique exercises that help to stimulate your mind through music and a variety of different tones.
But if this isn’t your style, there are also more traditional meditation apps like Calm, that offer relaxing lessons and new exercises every day.
The third step is putting these practices into effect. Meditating is an activity that you can do with the whole family, or one that you can do by yourself. As long as you set a precedent in your home to dedicate time to “be still,” you’ll be able to practice consistency in your meditation techniques.
Adults and parents are encouraged to take the first step and to be leaders within their homes. Children often mirror the behaviors of their parents. So, if you prioritize meditation and the maintenance of your mental health, your kids are likely to follow.
Thanks to programs like the SOS Method, Karlin has seen positive responses in children as young as 7-years-old and all the way through to college-aged students. The meditations help to cultivate a positive response within your soul.
“The more you do it, then you don’t go into automatic response mode: fear, anxiety, etc. Now, you see that you can handle this. It opens up those channels of creativity that we all have,” Karlin concluded.
No matter what stresses you’re battling in this upcoming season, meditation can help to alleviate the day-to-day pressures and anxieties that you’re encountering. So, make an effort to invite more meaningful things into your life. Practice peaceful techniques intently. Prioritize the people and things that matter. And most importantly, just breathe.