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Enjoy the Parenting Experience Through Mindfulness
Mindfulness, put simply, is the process of being aware of your mind and body: paying attention to your thoughts and movements. The practice of mindfulness can help parents cope with stressful situations and manage their own emotions while ultimately setting a good example for their kids.
Consider this situation: You’ve had a tough day and know that you’re close to the edge. Your child is constantly misbehaving and when enough becomes enough, the flood gates open. You yell. You threaten. You punish. And maybe you end up saying something so over the top you know it isn’t true and will need to apologize for it later.
This situation is a perfect example of reacting instead of responding which lets face it, is not the most effective means of handling the scenarios and can happen more often than we want it to. Studies have shown that by practicing mindfulness we can begin to see situations from other perspectives, respond in intentional ways, and above all else, learn to stay calm in stressful situations.
When you’re ready, grab a seat, turn your phone on silent, maybe make a tea, and click the play button below for a guided meditation for relaxation and peace.
Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Peace (For PARENTS AND FAMILIES)
Resources for Teachers…
Almost Everything Will Work Again If You Unplug it for a Few Minutes, Including You
Mindfulness, put simply, is the process of being aware of your mind and body: paying attention to your thoughts and movements. The practice of mindfulness can help teachers cope with stressful situations and manage their own emotions while ultimately setting a good example inside of the classroom.
Connecting and being present with your students starts with you being connected and present with yourself. It’s important to cultivate your own practices and do your own work so that you can embody and model what you teach in the classroom.
Studies have shown that there are many upsides to practicing mindfulness. Some of the benefits include:
- Increased self-awareness and self-regulation
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Improved ability to focus and concentrate
- Engaging in more mindful and empowered communication
- Increased ability to manage stress more effectively and process emotions in a healthier way
- Improvement in cognitive performance including memory and problem solving
When you’re ready, grab a seat, turn your phone on silent, maybe make a tea, and click the play button below for a guided meditation to help you relax and recharge.
Guided Meditation for Teachers
Resources for Students
What Does A Lion and An Exam Have In Common?
Exam season can be one of the most stressful times for students where the increase in stress can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and a decrease in well-being among studiers. The good news is that it does not need to be this way. A study published in the Psychological Science Journal confirmed that mindfulness helps improve your working memory capacity and significantly reduce the tendency of your mind to wander. Not only this, but by calming our minds and bodies, students can begin to feel an increase in their self-esteem as well as their overall happiness.
So how do we practice mindfulness…
When you’re ready, grab a seat, turn your phone on silent, and click the play button below for a guided meditation to decrease any feelings of stress and anxiety before you get back to studying.
Guided Meditation for Stress and Anxiety (Teens and Pre-Teens)
Jennifer Busato, ACL of Wellness and School Based Initiatives
Sir Oliver Mowat
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