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  • 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.

  • Dragon Breathing

    Deep breathing is one of the most important tools to lower stress in your body. Practice this fun breathing technique with your children. Breathe deeply and exhale as if you’re fogging up a bathroom mirror or breathing fire like a dragon. Take three deep dragon breaths seeing how loudly you can exhale.

  • 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.

  • Straw Breathing

    Practice taking slow, deep breaths out. Sometimes when we feel anxious or stressed our breathing gets quick and shallow. Focusing on slowing down and lengthening your breathing can help you feel calm. You can use a straw to practice these slow breaths. Take a deep breath in, put the straw to your lips and slowly breathe out.

  • Heart Meditation

    Place your hands over your heart, close your eyes and just notice. Notice what your heart feels like beneath your hands. Notice how fast your heart is beating. There’s no need to judge or label what you feel, practice just noticing.

  • Pinwheel Breathing

    You can use a pinwheel to practice taking deep breaths. Take a deep breathe in and as you breathe out, blow onto your pinwheel and watch it spin. You can adjust your breathing to make the pinwheel spin fast or slow. If you don’t have a pinwheel you can use a feather, cotton ball or anything light enough to move when you blow on it.

  • Visualization

    Visualizing is a mindfulness technique to help you pause and focus on something in order to feel calm. Visualization is just imagining. Imagine that you are at the beach or in the mountains or in your favorite place. What things to you see there? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel? Visualize some place that helps you feel calm and connected.

  • Noticing Meditation

    Noticing meditation is a great way to manage stress and feel calm when overwhelmed. Close your eyes and take slow deep breaths. Notice things that your hear. Notice things that you smell. Notice things that you feel. Taking a moment to notice what is happening right now, in the present moment, can help you feel calm and regain your composure.

  • Bubble Breathing

    When blowing bubbles, we breath in and purse our lips and breath out slowly. When bubble breathing, you breath the same way: in slowly through the nose and out through pursed lips. The next time you're feeling overwhelmed, take a time out and practice bubble breathing to regain your composure and feel calm.

  • Belly Breathing

    Taking full, deep breaths is a great way to calm down and manage your stress. Belly breaths is a way to practice taking those slow, deep breaths. Place your hand on your belly and as you breathe in notice your belly expanding or getting bigger. As you breathe out, notice your belly contracting or getting smaller. Keep belly breathing until you feel calm.

  • 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.

  • Mindful Stretching

    Practice taking gentle stretches while you take slow, deep breaths in and out. Let your head fall towards a shoulder, stretching your neck. Let your shoulders roll forward and back. Find small ways to breathe and move your body.