Mindfulness in May: A Daily Dose for YOU and YOUR CHILD

I trained to practice and teach mindfulness seven years ago, and it’s changed my life, helping me get out of my future thinking (anxiety) and past dwelling. These practices help me feel grounded, bring me back into the present moment, and allow me to enjoy what IS, not what WAS or the possibilities of what COULD BE. And that is all we can do RIGHT NOW. Even as we face fear, overwhelm, and frustration, we can still be present.  

Staying in the present moment calms our brain and also creates new neurological pathways to help in future situations. Mindfulness teaches us to wait before reacting, allowing for the pause that neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl famously described: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is a power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”   

This is huge for SEL (social-emotional learning) because if we can’t pause to assess our feelings, assess the situation, and assess what we want the outcome to be, then we might act in a way that we’ll regret or that makes others uncomfortable. 

It’s also important to remember that mindfulness is not a spectator sport…it’s something you can learn and practice with your child, and it’s good for everyone. This seems like the perfect time to focus on simple mindfulness practices that will help you and your child build resiliency and calm today and for the coming days, months, and years. 

For this reason, I’ve created the Mindful May calendar, a handy tool with daily activities to get you launched. Post it on your fridge or in another central location so everyone can join in. 

Purchase the full 12-month theme-based calendar here for only $11.99. It is packed with 365 ideas, tools and activities to be mindful and hold intention with your daily interactions with your child to help them listen, cope, care about others and engage socially so that they can develop critical social and emotional skills for friendship, school and life. Be sure to get your child involved, as they probably have some great ideas too. This can be a win-win because you will feel the benefits too.

In addition to the calendar, there are a variety of apps you can use and many are free. Here are some options: 

Headspace: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/headspace-meditation-sleep/id493145008
Calm: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/calm/id571800810
Aura: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/aura-mindfulness-meditation/id1114223104
Stop, Breathe, & Think: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/stop-breathe-think/id778848692
Shine: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/shine-calm-anxiety-stress/id1293721589
https://www.cosmickids.com/five-fun-breathing-practices-for-kids/

Please stay connected, we would love to hear from you and have exciting news coming soon!  

I wish you a calm and mindful May.


Thank you to Sara Vinueza for translating this month’s calendar into Spanish

CALENDARIO DE MAYO PARÁ LA PRÁCTICA DIARIA DE MINDFULNESS 

Todos necesitamos más recordatorios para practicar cómo estar en el momento y cultivar más calma.

La página Make Social Learning Stick hizo este calendario para que tengan una dosis diaria y simple para practicarla en familia 👪.

 

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