Mindful Mondays

Calming Jar Instructions

September 20, 2019

A calming jar is a great way for young children to control their emotions and self regulate.

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Notice your surroundings and release the tension in your body to practice mindfulness and encourage calmness.

Youth and adults can learn to navigate stress through mindfulness

July 9, 2018

Everyday mindfulness is key to social and emotional health and well-being.

Emotions are contagious: Learn what science and research has to say about it

August 16, 2017

It’s true—emotions are contagious, and it’s called emotional contagion. Learn what science and research says about how easy it is to “catch” other’s emotions, positive and negative.

  • Mantra

    A mantra is a short word or phrase that you repeat to yourself while meditating. The word or phrase can be anything that helps you feel calm and centered and could be something like “I am safe, I feel calm,” “Love,” or “I breathe in, I am calm, I breathe out I’m smile.” Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, breathe and repeat a word or phrase that helps you feel calm.

  • Conscious Breathing

    Try intentionally slowing down your breathing. Each time you inhale think to yourself, “I am breathing in for one,” and as you exhale think, “I am breathing out for one.” Repeat this until you reach the number five. Then pause and notice how you feel. You can repeat this breathing exercise anytime you feel overwhelmed.

  • 4-H Mindful Monday: Nature Walks

    Often when we think of mindfulness, we think of meditation but mindfulness can be very active. This video explores how we can gain the benefits of mindfulness through the active practice of taking nature walks.