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Bring calm, peace, and focus into your classroom, counseling office, or home using these simple, quick, and effective 48 Mindfulness Brain Breaks. Feel good knowing that the young people you support are taking away with them transferrable coping skills they can use at home, at recess, and where ever else they find themselves.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the here and now without judgement. It can be practiced where ever we find ourselves, in whatever we are doing. The first step into the present moment is breathing with awareness. By simply zooming our focus on breathing-in and breathing-out, we can quiet our minds, reduce felt sensations of stress, and cultivate compassion for self and others.
How Mindfulness Helps:
As educators (and parents), we often expect, tell, even demand that young people focus and pay attention. Yet many times we fail to model, guide, and teach them how to do this. By integrating more mindful moments into our own lives, and bringing simple, but very powerful, practices into our schools (and homes), we can help young
people nurture the seeds of awareness, reflection, executive functioning, and emotional
What the Research Says:
Research shows that practicing mindfulness is an effective coping strategy for anxiety, anger, depression, trauma and other social emotional challenges. It builds neurological pathways that promote presence, attention, and self-regulation. And in the context of school, mindfulness can help students to refocus on the task in front of them and bring calmness during transition times. Mindfulness improves both social-emotional and academic learning. Plus, the very nature of mindfulness exercises are experiential, which we know is one of the most impactful ways to cultivate not only learning but also the JOY of learning.
❤️ Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom ❤️
More and more children and adolescents are coming to school in a heightened state of protectiveness and on-guardedness, as an adaptive strategy to survive the challenging experiences in their lives. These brain break activities are especially useful for cultivating a mindful, trauma-informed classroom. Practicing mindfulness not only creates a more peaceful, quiet environment in the classroom, mindfulness helps to create peace within, helping young people to feel more grounded, safe, and ready to learn and interact with others in healthy ways.
✔ 48 Mindfulness Exercises
✔ 3 Different Designs: vibrant colored cards, an ink-friendly set of cards and circle frames with front and back sides perfect to attach to craft sticks
✔ Why Teach and Practice Mindfulness Guide, Ideas for Use, and Assembly Instructions
Ways to Use These Mindfulness Brain Breaks:
☀️ Begin each school day or counseling session with a mindfulness activity.
☀️ Place cards into a basket or bucket and randomly choose one or two for Brain Breaks.
☀️ Invite students who are feeling distracted or stressed to experiment with one of the activities.
☀️ Help students to re-center themselves using one or two activities during transition times.
☀️ Experiment with different activities when you and/or your students are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Experiment when you and/or your students are feeling relaxed and calm too. The more we practice when we are in a relaxed state, the easier it will be to remember to use these mindfulness tools when we really need them!
☀️ Before inviting young people to try out different mindfulness activities, invite yourself to practice too. As it goes, we can only teach and guide what we know. Experiment with different mindful activities, noticing the ones that resonate and the ones that don't. Then share these different exercises with the young people you support. And then just notice what happens.
Please note, 18 of the 48 Brain Break Mindfulness cards are part of my MINDFULNESS TOOLBOX: 10 Tools and Tricks.
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