3 Mindful Ways to Start the New School Year!
It’s 8 o'clock in the morning, you’re back at your desk and there are a million thoughts going through your mind as there is simply so much to do. A sign that the new school year is now underway in full swing!
Maybe you’re a little anxious as you get back into your routine. There’s planning and prep work, colleagues to catch up with, meetings to set up and of course get ready to welcome back your students - one year older and one year wiser :-)
As you settle back into the new school term we’ve shared how the three pillars of Mindful Warriors - breathing, mindfulness and movement - can help you to practice positive mental health, to keep moving forward and enjoy the year ahead!
1. Breathing - Start the day with a silent meditation
Before the noise of the day hits you, sit on your chair with your hands on your knees, close your eyes and look inwards. Let your mind empty of all thoughts and concentrate on your breathe. Meditation is scientifically proven to improve sleep, and increase productivity and creativity.
2. Mindfulness - Practise positivity
The power of positivity is underrated. Too often we let everything that is seemingly going wrong or could go wrong diminish the positivity that may be staring us in the face. Even if it’s something small - don’t take it for granted. A great way to practise positive mental health is through a daily gratitude log. What are you grateful for? Write it down.
3. Movement - Stretch and twist
Do a quick exercise. Stand up or remain seated, interlink your fingers, straighten your back, stretch up with your arms and hold for 5 seconds, stretch to the left and hold for 5 seconds and then the right and hold for 5 seconds. There are lots of other exercises you can do at your desk - check out this article.
If you would like to bring all three pillars of Breathing, Mindfulness and Movement together for your fellow teachers or students why not explore our range of yoga and mindfulness programmes which we can bring to your classroom!
Co-Founder of Mindful Warriors