Mindfulness is defined in the psychology world as: “a technique in which one focuses one's full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them.” (Dictionary.com) The benefits of mindfulness include greater peace and contentment, lower levels of negative stress, and greater enjoyment of activities.
Some children and adolescents have high blood pressure as a result of other illnesses. Although uncommon, blood pressure can reach dangerous levels in youth and cause heart failure, pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) or hypertensive encephalopathy (brain blood flow abnormalities leading to brain swelling or decreased blood supply).
Developing and implementing a family social media plan can strengthen your family and personal relationships by setting appropriate limits for social media use. For me and my family, this endeavor has been challenging, but it has also been worth the effort.
The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day for children 6 to 17 years old. They recommend a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days a week for adults. An active lifestyle has many benefits for the entire family. It improves cardiovascular fitness, builds strong bones and muscles, and helps to control weight.
You can help your child now to develop healthy behavior patterns that will prevent heart disease as an adult. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among adults in North America but studies show that starting heart-healthy habits in childhood can dramatically decrease the risks later in life.