An activity helping students identify and manage the challenges in their daily lives.
In the same way that lifting weights increases physical strength, working out your brain increases mental strength. By developing a regular mindfulness practice, it activates and strengthens the “rest and digest” part of your nervous system, helping with stress management.
Make sure each student has something to write on. Five minutes before dismissing the class, ask the students to think about the things in their lives that are currently stressing them out. Have them write a word or phrase describing these things on a scrap piece of paper or post-it note. Once the students are done writing, take five mindful breaths as a group. As they leave the room, instruct participants to rip, crumple, tear up and trash their papers (and their stress) and to think of one positive emotion to counteract the anxiety they feel.
rethink: daily stress
rethink: being in the moment
rethink: peer connections