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Mindfulness Activities

What is Mindfulness?

 

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom” – Victor Frankl

 

Mindfulness is simply… noticing what is happening right now.

Mindfulness is taking notice of how your body feels and what you see, smell and taste. 

 

What happens when you start noticing these sensations?

When you notice what is happening around you, you focus more deeply, improve your attention to your surroundings and begin to allow yourself to become in control of your emotions. 

 

It can help you to calm down when you’re sad, angry or frustrated. Mindfulness helps you deal with tough emotions, and mindfulness can make you happy and feel good. Mindfulness can also ..

 

  • Help us create space between the emotions we have and the response we have to them.
  • Mindfulness can make us feel better emotionally and physically.
  • Mindfulness can help us to sleep better
  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Better problem solving 

 

See the below resources to give mindfulness a try!

 

Remember - Deep breaths!

Remember - Deep breaths! 1

Guided Meditation for Children - "THE WORRY BUS" - Children's Meditation for Worry and Anxiety

Click to watch a guided meditation video for children (and adults!) on managing our worries and any anxieties we might have. Shut out all noise if you can, make yourself comfortable and relax your mind.

Dropping the Anchor - Mindfulness Activity

This exercise will help you learn how to ground yourself in the present moment. It is really great to practise when you are getting caught up in your feelings and doesn't take too long.

3 Minutes Body Scan Meditation - Mindfulness For Children And Adults

A body scan is really useful to get in touch with the body, let go of feelings of tension, and release any pent-up emotions. A body scan is also a great way to train attention, like many other forms of meditation!

Notice 5 Things - Mindfulness Exercise

This is one of Miss Mason's favourite exercises to help you to slow down and engage with what is going on around you. Great for parents and children to try when our emotions are just a little bit too much for us to handle.

Mindfulness Meditation for Children and Parents - "BREATHING EXERCISE"

Deep breathing is a great mindfulness technique. It is a simple way of allowing ourselves to be present in the moment. Parents and children, give it a try!

The A-Z of Mindfulness - How to Practise Mindfulness at Home!

The A-Z of Mindfulness - How to Practise Mindfulness at Home! 1

Quick mindfulness activities to try at home!

 

  • Finger painting is a great sensory activity to try at home.
  • Colouring is fun and relaxing for children and adults.
  • Meditation is very relaxing. Check out YouTube for guided meditation!
  • Lego building is a great form of play therapy.
  • Play dough or playing with sand.
  • Yoga and stretching. 
  • Cloud watching.
  • Children will love to do a ‘noticing walk’. We can walk along noticing things we haven’t seen before and then have one minute where we are completely silent and pay attention to all the sounds we can hear, such as birds singing etc. 

Mindfulness activities to try at home with your children!

Mindfulness activities to try at home with your children! 1

The Calm Down Kit

The Calm Down Kit 1
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