Resources for Quarantine
We have provided some helpful and fun resources for you and your family to stay mindful while you practice social distancing.
How to Belly Breathe
The foundation of all mindfulness: breathing. Pro tip: grab a pillow or tell the kids to get their favorite stuffed animal to put on your bellies and watch them go up and down as your bellies expand with air.
Benefits of Deep Breathing
Learning diaphragmatic, or belly, breathing brings numerous benefits including strengthening immunity and helping you relax.
Using Senses Mindfully
We are using our senses in the practice of mindfulness. See the attached infographic we made to show you how each of our senses helps us connect with our environment and remain calm, focused, and present.
Mindful at home: Scavenger Hunt
Here’s a family activity you can do from the safety of your home. Yesterday we posted an infographic on using your senses mindfully. Check it out with your kids and then enjoy this mindful scavenger hunt of things that can be found at home. There is no right or wrong way to go about it. Some people do stickers for finding things, or putting check marks, making a list for children old enough to write, and some just go find the items and report back. The important thing is to have fun and recognize how using our senses helps us discover and connect with our environment. Wouldn’t it be awesome to discover your home in new ways after being “stuck” inside?
Finding Mindful Moments Outside
Mindfulness challenge: Fresh air isn’t cancelled! Take your family outside for a walk and experience your surroundings in a whole new way. What do you see? What textures can you feel? How many sounds does everyone hear? It’s likely you’ll all experience the world in different ways and those differences are what makes us...well, us! Helping each other experience new things is part of the fun.
Acts of Kindness Bingo!
Kindness BINGO! You can set some fun rules, like a little treat for filling a line and a bigger one for filling the whole board. Make sure kids know they don’t have to finish it all in one day either! This is an opportunity to remember kindness is ongoing.
Gratitude Practice: A Guide for Families
You may not be on a plane to a fabulous destination or on a cruise ship, but you’re probably surrounded by people you love and things that make you happy. Spend some time together looking for new ways to appreciate what you may just naturally take for granted.
Look at the attached text from the future. This is a powerful illustration of one of the messages we’ve been trying to get out with our activities. We may be inconvenienced, many things in life might be on hold: but making moments with your family is not one of those things!
And so, we’re issuing a challenge to you right now: Create Family Moments.
Create A Family Crest
What would you choose to represent your family? The beach? Love? Favorite Books or movies? Travel? Adventure? A flag representing your heritage? Laughter? Family recipes/favorite foods?
Make them online by adding photos or print the crest and color it in together!
Toss and Talk Ball: Family Edition
Find a ball you have laying around or get a new one delivered if you can find one. Blow up beach balls are great for this. Grab a sharpie and cover the ball in questions. See the attached list we’ve made with a ton of suggestions. Try and include a mix of thoughtful questions and fun activities or silly questions. Then get together with your family and toss the ball around. Wherever your right thumb lands when you catch the ball, is the question you answer.
Enjoy the time together learning new things about each other you may never have even spoken about.