Mindfulness: Being Aware & Being Present
In our busy world, our minds and bodies can get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, and may have a hard time slowing down. It is also easy to get stuck thinking about things in the past or the future, while forgetting to focus on the here and now. The benefits of mindfulness for children and adults are plentiful, including decreased stress and increased resilience. Mindfulness is about learning how to train our focus; bringing our attention to our thoughts and feelings without judgement.To begin guidance classes this year, students will be learning about mindfulness by practicing a quiet moment, deep breathing techniques, and talking about how staying in the moment can help us to cope with difficult feelings, learn more in class, and be a better friend.For more information about mindfulness, check out www.mindful.org.Check out these children’s books about mindfulness:Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren AlderferSitting Still Like a Frog by Jon and Myla Kabat-ZinnTake the Time: Mindfulness for Kids by Maud RoegiersSilence by LemniscatesVisiting Feelings by Lauren Rubinstein(Source: The School Counselor Kind)Mindfulness and Calm Apps – Free and fee-based options
• Headspace.com-“Meditation made simple.” This app has a free introductory period, after which it requires a paid subscription to continue to use.• MindYeti.com• Calm.com-Free website and mobile app with guided meditation and relaxation exercises• Smiling Mind-Free mobile mindfulness app for young people, from Australia• Stop Breathe Think-Free web and mobile app for youth, with meditations for mindfulness and compassion
• 3 Minute Mindfulness-Free meditation and breathing app. There is also a subscription level of service.
• Breathe2relax- an app with hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise.
• Izen-free relaxing light and music app
• Colorfly-free coloring book app
• eCBT-a set of Apple™ apps that provides therapeutic skills and education based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
• Happify-Activities and games for stress and anxiety
• Insight Timer-Free mobile app with virtual “bells” to time and support your meditations
• iSleepEasy-A calm female voice helps you quell anxieties and take the time to relax and sleep, in an array of guided meditations
• Meditation Oasis-meditation and music
• Mindshift- Free mobile app for teens developed by AnxietyBC, with mindfulness and other coping skills for anxiety
• Mood 24/7-website
• Mood meter-free app with available upgrades that aims to build emotional intelligence.
• Virtual Hope box-teaches breathing, relaxation, inspirational quotes, save coping tools