- The pandemic has caused stress and anxiety to children and parents all over the globe.
- The Goldie Hawn Foundation’s new mindfulness app is free, available 24/7, and has exercises to manage stress.
- The app’s exercises would also help regulate behavior to improve empathy, focus, resiliency, and optimism.
The coronavirus pandemic has created a big change in the way people learn and behave. Children have remote classes and parents work from home. In a report of the World Health Organization, this 2020, more children are struggling with concentration and nervousness brought about by the pandemic restrictions and adjustments to the new normal.
Actress Goldie Hawn, the founder of the Goldie Hawn Foundation and MindUp, says, “During this time of uncertainty, children are affected negatively emotionally and are facing symptoms of stress and anxiety. Our program helps address these issues by creating mental fitness and emotional stability.”
The MindUP program of the Goldie Hawn Foundation has, for the past 16 years, been teaching mindfulness in schools. The program has had successful outcomes in students who often experience depression, anger, anxiety, and stress.
In 11 countries, there has been an 83% increase in optimism among students and a 75% decrease in classroom fighting.
During this pandemic, MindUP has partnered with Insight Timer and introduced a new free service that families can use 24/7.
The app has short five-minute exercises, based on its accredited curriculum, that teaches daily gratitude and “brain breaks” that have been proven to improve optimism, focus, empathy, and resiliency.
Its audio exercises are planned to help children manage stress and regulate emotions especially during these trying times of the pandemic. It also helps increase overall wellbeing through social-emotional learning, mind awareness, and positive psychology. The exercises are available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, with more languages to be added.
The exercises are accredited by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Christopher Plowman, CEO of Insight Timer, says, “We are proud to add MindUP’s learning resources to our free library to support parents and educators as they face new challenges teaching children with technology.”
The meditation app, Insight Timer, has become the largest free meditation app in the US and used by 17 million people around the globe.
Source: Good News Network