Stop, Breathe, and Think (there’s an App for that!)
Screen time, like video games and YouTube, can be the opposite of mindfulness. But that doesn’t mean you have to ignore your phone entirely. Some apps focus on teaching the value of mindful behavior, such as the Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids app (Free).
This app encourages users to check in with their emotions through emojis, and has a series of missions that increase focus while calming the mind. The activities in the app can also promote better sleep, decrease stress, and manage over-excitement. And who doesn’t need a little bit of help with that!
A few sample activities are included in the video below!
Daily Social Emotional Learning Tips
Check the Syracuse City School District website daily for more Social Emotional Learning tips.
Mindfulness Mondays: Mindfulness is the practice of separating yourself from the craziness of the outside world, and focusing on the calm center that is always inside of you. Mindfulness activities can increase learning, cut down on impulsive behavior and hyperactivity, and reduce anxiety in both kids and adults alike.
Practicing mindfulness together with your family can be fun and powerful! Share pictures of your family practicing mindfulness together on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SCSDCares.