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Mindfulness Activities

Overview

Through short but regular mindfulness activities, students develop their awareness and ability to focus. Mindfulness activities enhance academic performance, support learners' Physical Well-being and mental health, and increase their Attention and mitigate the negative effects of media multitasking.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how these adolescents use mindfulness to reduce their anxiety and stay present. By giving students the tools to manage their emotions and stress, they build their Self-regulation and Metacognition skills to better understand their needs.

  • Teachers can equip their students with mindful practices as a part of their daily routine and allow them to use them when they are feeling anxious or stressed. Some potential activities that can promote resilience include physical relaxation techniques, mindful breathing, active listening exercises, and emotional awareness exercises. Activities like mindful walk-abouts, written reflections after these exercises, and visualizations can also be helpful in teaching literacy and other academic skills.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    From 0:40, watch how Headspace for Kids designs simple mindfulness activities. By having clear prompts along with colorful visuals as guides, learners practice mindfulness while being engaged in a game environment.

  • Developers can integrate mindfulness not just through guided meditations but also by introducing games and activities that help learners understand the basic principles of mindfulness. Prompts to focus on their breathing and five senses and actively listen and reflect can engage learners in mindful ways and help strengthen Metacognition.