6 Mindfulness Tips to Make Going Back to School Easier
Getting back into the school routine after the summer break can be a bit of a transition for both kids and parents alike!
September marks the return to a more structured schedule, and while our little ones might be heading back to the classroom with excitement and eagerness, there’s often a subtle undercurrent of anxiety for them and us. Every child is different, some children find it harder than most.
Fear not, though! Short mindfulness practices can be a fantastic way to navigate this transition smoothly.
Here are six easy and effective mindfulness tips that will not only help alleviate those back-to-school jitters but will also create a sense of calm and positivity for both your kiddos and you, not to mention this is something you can do throughout the whole year:
1. Morning Moments of Mindfulness: Kickstart the day with a mindful morning routine. Encourage your child (and why not join in?) to take a few minutes to breathe deeply, focusing their attention on the sensation of their breath. This simple act can set a peaceful tone for the day ahead. I would go with ten deep beautiful breaths.
2. Mindful Listening: As your child talks about their day, be fully present and engaged. Show genuine interest in their stories, experiences, and feelings. This active listening not only strengthens your connection but also helps your child feel valued and understood.
3. Gratitude Moments: Take a moment each morning or evening to share something you’re both grateful for. It could be a fun interaction, a delicious meal, or simply a sunny day. This practice cultivates a positive mindset and helps ease any apprehensions.
4. Mini Mindful Breaks: Introduce short moments of mindfulness throughout the day. Whether it’s a quick breathing exercise before a test or mindful snack time, these small breaks provide opportunities to pause, reset, and refocus. I find short mindfulness for kids’ videos on YouTube helpful.
5. Relaxation Bedtime Rituals: Establish a soothing bedtime routine that includes mindfulness elements. Reading a calming story, practicing deep breathing, listening to sound baths, and taking water baths or using gentle visualization techniques can help your child unwind, ensuring a peaceful night’s sleep.
6. Make a big deal out of Friday: For my daughter Fridays are one of her favorite days, not because they mark the end of the school week, but they’re cherished because they signify our family movie night – a time when she can select her preferred food, snacks, and drink, and simply unwind. It’s a delightful routine that brings a sense of anticipation to each passing week. We sometimes alternate by going to the Cinema. Give it a try, let me know.
Remember, this transition is a journey for both of you. By incorporating these mindfulness practices into your daily routine, you’re not only supporting your child’s emotional well-being but also nurturing your own sense of balance and joy.
As you embrace the new school year together, you’ll create a harmonious environment that sets the stage for a successful and fulfilling academic adventure. So, let’s welcome September with open arms and mindful hearts!
You got this!