According to Mayo Clinic mindfulness is a type of meditation in which one focuses on being intensely aware of what they are sensing and feeling in the moment, without judgment or interpretation. Practicing mindfulness involves practices to relax the mind and body such as breathing methods and guided imagery to help reduce stress.
Known benefits from these practices include reduction in stress as well as anxiety, pain, depression, insomnia and hypertension.
Most people experience thoughts and emotions with greater balance and acceptance. It is also known to:
- Improve attention
- Decrease job burnout
- Improve sleep
There are a number of simple ways to practice mindfulness. Many of the exercises can be practiced almost anywhere. Attached are links that provide Mindfulness resources for adults that have been selected specifically for District 186 educators.
The scientific research at the Center for Healthy Minds, led by Dr. Richard Davidson, has led to breakthroughs in the neuroscience of well-being and how the mind can be trained to be more focused, calm, and resilient through meditation training.
This is a site that is created specifically for teachers by Johns Hopkins University and The Monday Campaigns. It provides weekly tips and practices to help educators to have a positive start to their week.
For many people the word meditation and mindfulness practice evokes the thought of long periods of absolute stillness. For many short meditations have proven to provide very favorable results. The link below provides several meditations that can be used to relax & cultivate contentment & peaceful stillness.
Teachers will have unlimited access to a growing library of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, including Calm Kids, programs tailored for age groups from pre-K through high school.
While these videos were made with students K-8 in mind, the videos are relaxing and appropriate for all ages. Practicing mindfulness for short periods many times during the day is good for thebody and mind. Select from a series of seven short videos that include mindful breathing, body scan, finger tracing and more.
|Free Mindfulness Worksheets|
Free downloads of mindfulness worksheets that help reduce stress and anxiety and promote happiness, joy, and peace.
|Free downloads from The Free Mindfulness Project|
The Free Mindfulness Project focuses on mindfulness practices for stress reduction and cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), as well as other closely related approaches. The sizes vary and some may be rather lengthy.