Meditation may be a powerful tool in helping children who are suffering from trauma, dealing with difficult diagnoses, or just high-stress levels.
A new study has found that meditation can help children who are struggling with trauma. While a perfect world would see no children have to live through trauma or any other negative events in their lives, this is not the reality. The reality is that children everywhere are dealing from trauma and crisis that they need help with.
The best thing the world can do, since it cannot always prevent them, is to find ways to help these children cope, and recover from what is hurting them. If strategies can be implemented in a quick fashion, they are more likely to work, but they have to be the right kind of strategy.
According to Medical Xpress, a study is showing that meditation may be a powerful tool in helping children who are suffering from trauma, dealing with difficult diagnoses, or just high-stress levels.
This was a study done by The Conversation, and it can be read in full here. It found that children who meditated experienced lower activity in the parts of their brain that were involved in rumination, mind-wandering, and depression.
This was a brain-imaging study that looked at youth under the age of 18 years old. They went off the theory that “over-activity” in the brain was linked with negative self-directed thoughts, like “I am not a good person.” Meditation may be one way to work around that and to slow the brain down just a bit so that it doesn’t always think negatively.
They used what is known as a “simple” form of distraction, counting down from 10, with two forms of meditation. They used focused attention to the breath and mindful acceptance. Children had to do these techniques while they were under the brain scanner, but they were also being shown distress-inducing videos at the same time. The researchers wanted to see if the meditation would help their reaction to the videos they were watching.
They found that the meditation techniques were much more effective than distraction, and this means that they now think that meditation should be used to help children who are going through difficult times. They believe that it can help reduce pain and stress for children who are living with chronic illnesses, as well as children who may still be struggling with pandemic stress and trauma. This could be a new world for children who are struggling with their mental health, and it may be the key to helping them.