Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, has partnered with Sesame Street to encourage children to practice meditation and mindfulness as a way to combat stress and anxiety during the challenging times of school closures and lockdown, and of course, after we all return to the normality of everyday life
Monster Meditations features six animated short films to help children learn the fundamentals of mindfulness, meditation and social and emotional learning. The six shorts launched on a biweekly cadence on YouTube and YouTube Kids. The new content includes animated films featuring Cookie Monster, Elmo, Grover and Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, showcasing mindfulness techniques to help children learn ways to manage their emotions.
All roughly three minutes in length, the shorts use animated versions of the beloved Sesame Street Muppets and show them having feelings of frustration, impatience, being overwhelmed, nervousness, disappointment, and excitement. Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, helps each monster learn various breathing and sensory activities and other mindfulness techniques to better manage relatable, everyday scenarios.
Examples of the shorts include:
• Cookie Monster impatiently waiting for his cookies to bake. Andy introduces a fun game called “I-sense” to teach Cookie Monster patience.
• Elmo is having trouble sleeping because he wants to play. Andy teaches Elmo a wind-down activity to help him relax and fall asleep.
Puddicombe says: “Learning the fundamentals of mindfulness early in life is an incredibly valuable skill to foster, especially at a time like this, when children and families may be experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety. It not only provides children with a greater sense of calm and clarity, but also helps cultivate the qualities of compassion, creativity, and kindness. In knowing that thoughts and emotions do not have to rule their lives, children can grow up empowered, comfortable with who they are, and free to explore their limitless potential.
“With today’s unprecedented uncertainty, children may be experiencing a range of big emotions like anger, frustration, disappointment, and nervousness,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP of Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop. “Through ‘Monster Meditations,’ we are modeling an array of mindfulness strategies and activities to help children manage and regulate their emotions. Whether taking slow, deep belly breaths, shifting attention by playing a game of I-Spy, or repeating affirmation self-talk phrases, we’re helping kids pay attention to what is happening around and inside of them.”
The animated shorts are a collaboration between Sesame Street and Headspace Studios. Headspace additionally offers exercises for kids and adults, to teach them the basics of mindfulness. Kids can practice breathing exercises, visualisations and even try some focus-based meditation. Headspace for Kids’ visualization exercises are intended to teach children about openness and generosity.
Headspace was created with one mission in mind: to improve the health and happiness of the world. Reaching more than 65 million users in 190 countries, Headspace was one of the first meditation apps in the world and remains a leader in mindfulness and mental training. Headspace is committed to advancing the field of mindfulness through clinically-validated research, having one of the largest research pipelines of any digital health and wellness company. Headspace operates a B2B business (Headspace for Work) to offer its mindfulness products and services to more than 700 companies, such as Starbucks, Adobe, GE, Hyatt and Unilever, to help them build healthier, more productive cultures and higher performing organisations. For more information please visit us at www.headspace.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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