These activities should be completed in the presence of a parent or guardian.
Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It is a technique that involves making a special effort to help connect your body and mind to your surroundings. Practicing mindfulness can help you become more aware, feel calmer, and be kinder to yourself and those around you.
Discussion: Mindfulness helps us feel present. Ask your youth the following questions to help get them in a calm mindset.
- When we feel angry, what does our body look like?
- How can we help our mind feel calm after being angry or upset?
- What do you do to help yourself calm down?
- What does being mindful of others mean?
- Can you guess what mindfulness is?
Handout: This handout is geared to help an adult leading this lesson. Click on the light build for additional resources
- Description: Let’s practice mindfulness! Practice a mindful body by asking youth to close their eyes and turn voices off as they are sitting in a chair or laying on the floor. Ask them to feel their body’s touching the ground or chair and their clothes, listen to the sounds going on in the house, and smell what is around. After 1 minute, discuss what they noticed. Now that everyone understands mindfulness, open your window or go for a walk and follow these mindfulness prompts.
- Older youth usually understands their minds and bodies more than younger kids. In the discussion, discuss what it might mean to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and how school and other stressors might influence their mindfulness.
- Ages: 6+
- Ensure your youth that this is a safe space, and no one should be forced to share. Phrase everything as an invitation to share, not a demand.
- Have a scale of smiley faces displaying different emotions to help younger youth discuss mindfulness.