The Christmas trees are being decorated, the cards are being made, the gifts are being wrapped and the Christmas songs are being sung.
The chaos that makes up this time of the year can be exciting and stressful. There is no time like this time of the year where the pace is full steam ahead and our energy levels are dwindling quickly. All the jolliness and festive mood can effect us and our children in more ways than we can count; some good and some not so good.
When we are mindful, we learn that it is ok to have the emotions that are swirling around in our heads. What matters most is how we react to those swirling emotions. This week we will continue on our Christmas Mindfulness journey together!
This week’s task is to JUST BREATHE! Use the holiday season for conscious moments of calm and peace of mind. Find moments to take three conscious breaths a day. Each day, choose a different focus for those breaths. It could be to notice a certain colour during the breaths, smell, sound, etc. Take a moment to just enjoy what is happening around you!
Extra: Developing Mindfulness in the Classroom this month could also same your sanity or purchase the book, 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness in the Classroom. Why not try some simple strategies that will calm the children and bring the gift of mindfulness into their lives.