Dear Ss. Joachim and Anne School Community:
We have made it through 2 months of being out of school. They have certainly been filled with many emotions, but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and the strength we each possess to continue pushing forward in this pandemic!
During this time, it can be helpful to practice mindfulness for it has been proven to be a key component in stress reduction and overall happiness. The term “mindfulness” refers to a state of awareness that focuses on our experiences on a day to day basis. By enhancing our awareness in these moments, we are able to get in touch with our thoughts and feelings that allows us to think before we react.
Mindfulness supports the emotional and behavioral health of children and adults. It can be a powerful tool to aid us in regulating and re- focusing our busy minds in moments of intense emotions. We can naturally cultivate mindfulness in our everyday interactions with our family to promote good habits for the future. I invite you to try some of the following activities with your family:
- Tune into your bodies and hear each other’s heartbeats.
- Blow bubbles with emphasis on breathing in through your nose
and blowing out through your mouth.
- Partake in a mindful walk while pointing out what you see and
hear along the way.
- Explore different smells by inviting your child to help you cook.
- Try guided meditation through a free application such as
Headspace, Calm or Mindfulness. You can also check out this
YouTube video https://youtu.be/Bk_qU7l-fcU
- Practice yoga from home with Cosmic Kids Yoga
Sincerely, Amy Sifuentes