Mindfulness is a powerful practice that can benefit people of all ages, including children. It helps children develop emotional regulation, focus, and a sense of overall well-being. Paired with the therapeutic benefits of doTERRA essential oils, mindfulness becomes an even more engaging and effective tool for kids. For over a decade I have been facilitating mindfulness practices and workshops for both all ages. But in the recent years I have just started to include doTERRA's pure therapeutic grade essential oils with my practice as well as when working with students, and have noticed a shift in self-regulation and their effects in supporting a calming environment.
Grounding Practice: Grounding techniques help children connect with the present moment and establish a sense of stability. One effective practice is "Mindful Nature Walks." Encourage kids to explore nature using their senses. As they walk, prompt them to notice the colors, textures, sounds, and even scents around them.
Pairing Essential Oil: doTERRA Balance® The doTERRA Balance blend contains grounding oils like Spruce, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense. Diffusing or applying this blend can amplify the sense of grounding during when nature walks are not available, helping children feel more connected to the world around them. Balance is great oil to have on hand when stress is high, when combined with other oils like Adaptiv, and Serenity, kids can focus on their sense of smell to distract them from overwhelming thoughts.
Self-Regulation Practice: Teaching children self-regulation helps them manage their emotions and reactions. "Breathing Buddies" is a fun exercise where kids lie down with a stuffed animal on their belly. They observe how the stuffed animal rises and falls with each breath, helping them learn deep and steady breathing.
For Older Kids/Adults Box Breathing: four counts in, hold four counts, four counts out, hold four counts for five cycles is a excellent practice to help activate the parasympathetic nervous system and practice self regulation.
Pairing Essential Oil: doTERRA Peace® The doTERRA Peace blend contains calming oils like Vetiver, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang. Diffusing this blend during breathing exercises can create a calming atmosphere, supporting children as they learn to manage their emotions through focused breathing.
Creating Intention Practice: Setting intentions helps children develop a positive mindset and a sense of purpose. A simple practice is "Daily Affirmations." Encourage kids to choose an affirmation (e.g., "I am kind," "I am brave") and repeat it while looking in the mirror each morning.
Pairing Essential Oil: doTERRA Motivate® The doTERRA Motivate blend combines invigorating oils like Peppermint, Clementine, and Coriander. Diffusing or applying this blend can help energize children as they engage in their daily affirmations, encouraging a positive and motivated mindset. doTERRAs Stronger® touch roller is also an excellent choice for supporting intention setting and encouraging a positive mindset.
Mindfulness practices have a remarkable impact on children's well-being, promoting emotional regulation, focus, and intention setting. When combined with the natural benefits of doTERRA essential oils, these practices become even more effective and enjoyable. Remember to prioritize safety when using essential oils with children. Always dilute oils properly and choose child-friendly application methods. By integrating these mindfulness practices and doTERRA essential oils into a child's routine, you can help them cultivate valuable life skills that will benefit them for years to come.