Thinking Calm and Being Mindful
How much focus do you give to your current experiences before thoughts of past stressors or future activities start creeping in? Throughout our life, we constantly hear the words “pay attention”, but what does that actually mean?
Through Mindfulness, we learn how to pay attention and that we don’t always have to be thinking about the past or the future. We also learn that we can take a break and rest “in the moment.”
The clinical definition of Mindfulness is “paying attention to the here and now with acceptance and non-judgement.” Utilizing Mindfulness strategies has amazing benefits. Research shows that practicing mindfulness strategies is not only calming, but it also helps to improve attention, adaptability, compassion, emotional regulation, and resilience. All of these positive effects together can create a perfect environment for you and the students you serve.
Mindfulness may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are interested in providing a calmer environment for your students, check out Mindful Schools for more information.
Reach out to me if you’d like me to help you facilitate guided imagery or Mindful Minute in your Classroom!