Teaching during a never-ending pandemic has been exhausting both mentally and physically. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran, the last two years have probably been the most challenging of your career. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be coming to an end anytime soon. Therefore, it is critical, now more than ever, to focus on mental health by incorporating mindfulness and guided meditation exercises into your daily classroom routines.
Benefits of Guided Meditation Exercises for Mindfulness
Whether you’re teaching in person, virtually, or in a hybrid model of some kind, I know you are feeling the stress and so are your students! Incorporating guided meditation activities is a great way to combat stress and promote mindfulness in your classroom. Not to mention, effective teaching and learning happen when bodies are relaxed and minds are focused!
The benefits of guided meditation exercises for upper elementary and middle school-age kids are well documented. In fact, mindfulness practices in the classroom can improve the overall mental, emotional, social, and physical health of your students.
Close your eyes and picture a classroom of students with MORE…
- and Focus
In addition to LESS…
- And Anxiety
Maybe you’re thinking you just don’t have time for one more thing. However, considering the state of our world right now, you must prioritize mental health. Let me help you make mental health check-ins and guided meditation exercises part of your daily classroom routine.
Promote mindfulness in 5 minutes a day
Believe it or not, all you need is 5 minutes a day! With as little as 5 short minutes a day of guided meditation exercises, you can open up a world of benefits for you as well as your students!
If you’re thinking you just don’t know where to start or what to do in those 5 minutes, I can help! I have created guided meditation exercises to make incorporating mindfulness simple, easy, and accessible. These exercises also work for virtual learning in addition to in person!
To get my done-for-you Guided Meditation Activities, just click HERE.
Guided Meditation Exercises
Start mornings in your classroom with relaxing meditation using these Guided Meditation Exercises and Mindfulness for Upper Elementary and Middle Schoolers! This resource contains 10 editable mindfulness exercises in Google Slides for students.
Promote mindfulness in your classroom with Scenic Slides, Relaxing Music, Nature Sounds, Timers, Walkthroughs, GIF Animations, Pre and Post Meditation Self Check-ins, and More!
First, imagine yourself in this guided meditation in a starry forest at night. Next, feel the grass underneath your feet. Take a deep breath in through your nose and out your mouth. Imagine the smell of bark from the trees, the dirt, and the fresh green grass. Hear the crickets chirping and owls hooting from a faraway distance. Finally, slow your breathing and enjoy a starry night sky in the forest.
Step out of the chaos of the moment and take a relaxing stroll on a forest path. Second, breathe in as you take in the fresh air and admire the calming colors of the tree-lined path. Finally, feel the cool air on your face as you relax your body and focus your mind.
Underwater | Coral Reef
Breath in and out with the sounds of the ocean. Next, admire the vibrant colors and details of the coral reef as you focus your mind and attention.
Listen to the fire crackling while you watch the flames dance is the perfect guided meditation. Also, connect to your innermost thoughts and breathe out all of your worries.
In Outer Space
Let go of the stress, fear, and anxiety that weigh you down, and picture yourself floating weightlessly through outer space.
Don’t you feel more relaxed already? In conclusion, I challenge you to prioritize mental health and wellness in your life and in your classroom routines. Create a calmer, more positive classroom environment with daily guided meditation exercises as well as mental health check-ins.
Click HERE to get your Guided Meditation Mindfulness Activities and get started today.
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