April Wellness

Practicing mindfulness can benefit your health and well-being. Learn how you can build mindfulness into your everyday life.

 

What Is Mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness is a state of intentional, nonjudgmental focus on the present moment.   It is often thought to include the following elements:

 

  • Awareness – Being tuned in to what is happening in the present moment, including sights, sounds, smells, or physical sensations you might usually ignore.
  • Focus – Paying attention to the present moment, without thinking about past or future events.
  • Acceptance – Accepting whatever you might be feeling or thinking, without judging it or trying to change it or your reactions.
  • Observation – Recognizing unpleasant sensations, thoughts, and feelings as temporary and fleeting, observing them objectively without reaction or judgment.

 

Mindfulness is as simple as observing your class and each child without judgment. They don’t have to be perfectly still and quiet for you to do this! Mindfulness is not about being in a completely serene and peaceful environment. It is about finding the calm among the chaos. The benefits of teaching mindfulness to your class include increased focus, reduced stress, and improvement in academic performance.

 

Benefits of Mindfulness for Adults:

Mindfulness has been studied for many years. According to recent research, it has several benefits for physical and mental health. Some of the strongest health benefits include:

  • Improves mood – Mindfulness training may reduce depression and anxiety. One study found that mindfulness training was as effective as antidepressant medications in preventing a depression relapse.
  • Reduces stress and its consequences – Mindfulness can lead to less intense stress responses. This has many health benefits, such as lowering your blood pressure and strengthening your immune system.
  • Improves coping with pain –People with chronic pain who practice mindfulness meditation report less severe pain and pain-related distress. They are also more active in spite of their pain.
  • Improves brain functions – Practicing mindfulness helps build your ability to pay attention and focus. Over time, this training can sharpen memory and improve mental performance.
  • Helps with weight management – Some mindfulness techniques have been shown to reduce overeating and obesity.

 

Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom:

Mindfulness is a skill that deserves superhero status. It is proven to help students:

  • decrease stress and anxiety
  • increase concentration and engagement
  • sleep better at night
  • recognise their emotions
  • enhance their decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • communicate feelings verbally instead of physically
  • and increase their capacity for compassion.

 

Here are some great ideas and resources for taking mindfulness to the entire classroom, including activities for Infants all the way up to Preschool!!

https://www.teachstarter.com/us/blog/classroom-mindfulness-activities-for-children-us

 

Whether you are unwinding at home or are just getting the children down to sleep during nap time, calm and relaxing music is always helpful in creating serene environments for all!

https://youtu.be/qpf1ALd7eA8

 

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