Join Us For #PositivePostItDay 2020

Attention!
#PositivePostItDay is coming!
14th February 2020

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Have you heard of Positive Post It Day? Maybe you have and maybe you haven’t. That is ok.

A few years ago, a young lady in Canada called Caitlin Haacke, decided to take a stand against bullying. She tells her story On Tedx here: http://youtu.be/cElB84gf6uc.

She single handily has started a movement of positivity that is sweeping the world. Her belief that positivity begets positivity that began as an anti-bullying campaign, has led to children and adults alike considering their words carefully and filling the world with kindness, love and appreciation.

The impact of this young lady’s simple idea can be seen in this news report, http://youtu.be/0zLteIn7IS0 and this compilation video of the positive post it notes written in one day, http://youtu.be/87RC1NQgPzQ.

I have been left in awe by the inspiring, clearly mindful activity of gratitude, that has begun. It fits very clearly within my Mindfulness in the Classroom series, particularly Gratitude. These little Random Acts of Kindness can spark a change and belief in the compassion of humankind.

In schools, this is a perfect circle time, PHSCE lesson or Mindfulness activity. In work places, it is a mindful activity that encourages good mental health and well being.

Thus, I purpose we all join Caitlin in her a Positive Post Its and declare together, Friday 14th February 2020, #PositivePostItDay . (It seems fitting to celebrate this day on Valentine’s Day.)

How can you participate?

1- Share this post with others and tweet, Face Book, Instagram, Snap Chat, etc letting others know about the day. Get it out there! Let me know you are joining us.

2- On the day, no matter where you are (schools, work, businesses, home, online, etc), create and share Positive Post It Notes (Be sure to watch the videos if you want some ideas.).  

At my school, every person gets AT LEAST 2 post it notes. They write one about someone else and one about themselves. We also open our doors before school to parents/Carers to write their own notes. Breaktime and lunchtimes are also times we have post it note stations and children can write even more notes.

3- Stick the notes on the walls, windows, books, online social media feeds, ANYWHERE!

4- If you share them online, make sure you tag them as #PositivePostItDay. Let’s paper the world in positivity one post it note at a time!

Here is what #PositivePostItDay2016 looked like:

https://educationsvoice.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/positivepostitday-a-growing-mindfulness/

Time to stock up on Post It notes!

Mindful Art Appreciation- Mindfulness in the Classroom

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According to the “Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017”, published by NHS Digital, one in eight (12.8%) of children and young people aged between five and 19, surveyed in England in 2017, had a mental disorder.

We need to be clear, the development of mindfulness strategies will not make stress in our lives disappear or cure the pressures in our lives.  However, it will give us the tools that we can access to find a moment of calm that allows us to react more positively to the stresses we face. 

Giving these tools to our children gives our children a chance to cope with life and take control of their emotions.

Art, the creation and appreciation, is something that gives many people moments of mindfulness.  Helping children to practice Mindful Appreciation of Art places another tool in their Positive Mental Health Tool Kit.

Mindful Appreciation of Art in the Classroom- How to Guide

-Select a piece of art.  It can be a drawing, painting, photograph or sculpture.  It can be a picture of a piece of art or it can be the actual piece of art.

-Play a selection of meditation music for the length of time you want the children to meditate. Usually this is one minute per year of age, ie 6 years old= 6 minutes

-Children are to sit or stand comfortably and take three deep belly breaths.

-They are to look at the artwork, focusing on the centre of the design while still breathing at a steady rate.

-Gently guide the children in a soft voice, letting them know it is ok for their gaze to wonder to other parts of the art, noticing the designs, colours and ways the lines meet each other. As the meditation comes towards the end, encourage them to focus back on the centre.

-In the last 30 seconds of the meditation, have the children close their eyes and get them to recreated the design in their mind, continuing even, steady breaths.

-Complete the meditation with three deep mindful belly breaths

Note:  Once taught,  you can use this strategy when you actually go to an art museum.

Find more mindfulness strategies can be found in the books:

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness In The Classroom,  

50 Fantastic Ideas for Mindfulness or on www.educationsvoice.wordpress.com

Mindful Remembrance

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As a new year begins, my thoughts have turned to this interesting concept of counting time…. seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years. The flow of time gathers speed as we get older. A year once felt like an eternity when we were young now speeds ahead like the a bullet train. We wish away time to then wish for it to stand still.

Practicing mindfulness allows us to develop our ability to be present and be mindful of moments in time. Mindful remembrance of our lives allows us to reflect and, momentarily, suspend time and rejoice in moments in our lives.

Finding ways to have moments of positive Mindful Reflection can support  mental health and wellbeing; allowing you to enjoy and re-enjoy moments in time.

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 Daily/Weekly Journals allow for frequent moments of solitary reflection. The entires do not have to be long and can be just sentence fragments or words. This does not matter. What matters is the giving yourself space to be in the moment. If you have trouble waddling in the negatives in life, make the journal a “positive only” journal so that you can start to develop a habit of positivity, no matter how small the positive may be.

 Take Five– At the end of each day, as you ready yourself for bed, count down five good things that have happened in the day. Give yourself a few minutes to reflect on those positives and allow yourself to smile at those moments.

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Remembrance Jar– This is a great one to do as a family or as an individual. Get a jar and stuff it with tickets, receipts, notes and wristbands from all the things you and your family have been up to during the year. At the end of the year, empty it all out and talk about the year just gone and all the memories it has generated.

You may choose to do this at the start of a new year and is a great activity of Mindful Reflection to do on New Year’s Day. However, it can be started at any time; a birthday, an anniversary or other momentous occasion can serve as the beginning and end of a year of reflection.

Mindful Reflection allows us to take hold of time and be positively in the moment… over and over again.

Let a Mindfully Positive New Year begin!

  • Special thanks to Bryony Turford, (@PriScigeeks) for sharing the idea and picture of her Remembrance Jar.

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