I hope everyone is doing well. Today I want to share one of my favorite things to teach students, which is how to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is an import part of managing any anxiety that you or your child may be experiencing, especially with everything that is going on right now. So, what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness is being fully present, bringing a gentle awareness to the present moment that you are currently in. Mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing stress and promoting happiness for both parents and children.
One small way to bring mindfulness into your life is to do a popular exercise called STOP.
- Stop. Just take a momentary pause, no matter what you’re doing.
- Take a breath. Feel the sensation of your own breathing, which brings you back to the present moment.
- Observe. Acknowledge what is happening, for good or bad, inside you or out. Just note it.
- Proceed. Having briefly checked in with the present moment, continue with whatever it was you were doing.
It is completely normal and okay to being experiencing a range of feelings with everything that is happening right now. Be gentle with yourself. If you find that you or your child is really struggling, please make sure to reach out to me or someone at the school. We are all in this together.
Below is a fun video that will take your child through some mindfulness exercises.
Have you heard of mindfulness before? What are some other ways you can practice being mindful?