In our last Mindful Monday of the 22-23 school year, Superintendent Terry Walker highlights the important role mindfulness plays in self-care and in helping students cultivate the attitudes, skills and knowledge to become resilient and resourceful learners, who are able to adapt and demonstrate perseverance, hope and optimism as they face academic and personal challenges.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness can look different for each person and can include breathing and relaxation exercises, reading, listening to music, exercising and other activities that quiet the mind and support self-reflection. Taking time to slow down and self-reflect or just be in the moment can reduce stress and anxiety, while supporting social-emotional wellness, along with increased memory and focus.
We hope you enjoyed the Mindful Mondays series this school year. To view all previous videos, visit iusd.org/MindfulMondays.