The three minute breathing space is the go-to mindfulness technique, as both a means of fine-tuning the brain in the morning and as a means of checking in with mood, mindset and emotions at key points during the day.
It’s also a fantastic technique to teach children, being that it’s quick, effective and easy enough to remember once practised a few times. Plus, with only a slight shift in wording, you can make this work for an audience whether they’re 5, 15 or 55.
We begin by checking in with our mind and noticing thoughts without judgement, before directing our attention to our breath and body. It’s self-awareness followed by self-regulation; the building blocks of emotional intelligence and resilience.
Amidst such turbulent times – with so much out of our control – it’s vital that we teach children to harness the power of their attention so that they may direct their focus towards constructive thoughts, beliefs and behaviours, rather than destructive ones.
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Better still, follow this up with a discussion, encouraging a willingness to acknowledge thoughts and feelings (and the effect that they have on our mood and behaviour) whilst developing emotional vocabulary. Here’s an example of what this might look like with students who perform this often:
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