Kudos to ISABC May Mindfulness Challenge Participants!

Congratulations to everyone who participated and grew more mindful throughout the month of May. When we join such a challenge, we are choosing to set aside time to self-care, reflect, and enjoy the many benefits that mindfulness provides. We feel more compelled to add a yoga class into our afternoon activities, or to set the phone aside to be present during a walk, or to try meditation for the first time. Implementing a mindfulness practice into your life could potentially change your entire existence. Studies have shown a correlation between meditation practice and a decrease in stress, and even biological changes in the brain. It can positively affect your ability to process your emotions and improve your moods. Meadowridge placed in the top three amongst many other schools.

May the month of June encourage you to step outside more to appreciate what IS rather than what was or what is to come. You can start your very own mindfulness challenge.

HOW TAKING BRAIN BREAKS WILL IMPROVE THE EXAMINATION PROCESS

A sure-fire way to help the brain learn and process information is to give it intentional breaks. We brush our teeth daily, and feel refreshed, and the brain needs the same kind of ‘cleaning’. Except that instead of a brush, you have your breath. Here are some easy, free breathing practices to guide students (and everyone) toward a more relaxed, receptive state of mind.

VIDEOS FOR BRAIN (AND BODY) BREAKS:

Box Breathing – 2 mins: https://youtu.be/tEmt1Znux58

Simple breathing meditation – 1 min: https://youtu.be/cEqZthCaMpo

Diaphragm breathing – 2 mins: https://youtu.be/h5s5iT_FzZQ

Deep breathing meditation (good for anxiety) 4 mins: https://youtu.be/1Dv-ldGLnIY

Stress & Anxiety support – 10 mins (good for before bed): https://youtu.be/EpVFSti0Ydg

If you need any assistance or advice about mindfulness and methods to reduce stress and anxiety, please contact Ms. Jodi Derkson at jodi.derkson@meadowridge.bc.ca.