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Educator Family,

Our team has put together a handful of resources for parents: whether you are a parent AND a teacher, or you've been looking for resources to share with your student's families at home, we've got your covered.  (For ages 4-10) 

 

With schools temporarily closed and many of us hunkering down at home with our kids, we thought it’d be helpful to feature a series of recommended mindfulness activities for the entire family.

Here are several ways you can practice mindfulness to bring more kindness and compassion into your home during these swirling times!

Just like the grown-ups in their lives, your children will likely experience some big emotions during this time. The activities recommended below are ideal for children ages 4 - 10, and can help address a specific emotion to work through these feelings — together.

These activities are available in the “For Kids” section of the All Ages app, with premium tracks now free for the next 60 days! 

Feeling Anxious

  • For a lot of our team members, we’re feeling the anxiety rising, especially as parents.  We’ve had kids describe anxiety as a sense of butterflies in the stomach, or having a hard time falling asleep because the mind can’t stop thinking. Rather than get caught up in worried thoughts or feelings, kids can focus their attention on something they can do to address their emotions, like these activities here:

Feeling Restless
  • Being stuck at home, kids may have a lot of energy they just don’t know what to do with! Here are two ways for everyone to use their bodies and all of their senses to work off some energy: 


Feeling Angry or Annoyed
  • If your child is feeling frustrated by someone or something, they might want to scream or yell or lose their cool. When big emotions come up, these activities can help kids cool down:


Feeling Gratitude & Kindness
  • Whenever we are having a hard time, there’s always something we can do, like remembering a few good things that make us feel happy and grateful or practicing kindness. Here are a few recommendations to focus on the good stuff:


Having a Hard Time Sleeping
  • With so much going on, it can be challenging to put kids down to bed or create an environment for them to get a truly restful slumber. These activities are especially great at the end of the day:

Remember, when practicing mindfulness with kids, it will almost never go as planned. That’s okay! Here are some tips that might help things go more smoothly: 


Check in every day with yourself and your family.
Encourage your family at meal time or before bed to share how they are feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can even use our app to check-in with how you’re feeling together.

Allow your kids to experience mindfulness their own way.
We recommend that you encourage your children to try meditation or mindful games, rather than insisting or forcing it.  Doing these activities with them is a great way to inspire participation. Whether your child is being uncooperative or distracted, or if they’re fully engaged and happy to be playing a mindful game, either way, allow them to experience their own journey.


Approach the activities with openness and curiosity.
While it might seem like there’s a “right” way to practice mindfulness, the good news is that there’s actually no way to get it wrong! The experience is different for everyone. Notice how you feel in the moment without necessarily trying to change anything or judge what you observe. You may feel more settled after an activity; you also may not. Both are normal and okay.

 

Learn to be with whatever’s happening.
With mindfulness, it can be tempting to “fix” a problem, yet we’re here to remind you to “let go” of any agendas or goals. It’s actually more supportive to learn how to be kind and compassionate with yourself – especially with whatever thoughts or feelings that come up – and the more you can accept whatever is happening wholeheartedly in moments of mindfulness, the more you can bring that approach to all experiences in your life.

As parents ourselves, we’re here alongside you in learning how to navigate all the ups and downs of being human.

We can do this,

The Stop, Breathe & Think team

P.S. We’re offering ongoing opportunities to connect LIVE via our Facebook channel—using this time at home as an opportunity to dive deeper into mindfulness practices to keep us healthy and at peace.

  • Every Tuesday at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, we’ll host a live guided meditation led by your favorite narrators from our app.
  • Every Thursday at 10am PDT/1 pm EDT, we’ll host a live family mindfulness activity parents and children can do together.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html 

https://twitter.com/CDCgov

 

State & Territorial Health Department Websites

https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html

 

The World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://twitter.com/WHO

 

Children and the Coronavirus

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/how-talk-your-kids-about-coronavirus-ease-their-fears-ncna1129851

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus

https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/hand-washing.html

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/814615866/coronavirus-and-parenting-what-you-need-to-know-now

 

WebMD

https://www.webmd.com/lung/coronavirus#1

 

National Institutes of Health

https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus

 

Medical News Today

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/256521

 

Mayo Clinic

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/expert-answers/novel-coronavirus/faq-20478727

 

News Day

https://www.newsday.com/news/health/coronavirus-virus-questions-answers-myths-1.41248807

 

CNet

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-protect-yourself-from-coronavirus

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/which-face-masks-protect-against-coronavirus

 

Time

https://time.com/5775359/coronavirus-prevention-tips

 

The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/article/what-is-coronavirus.html

 

 

Below we have included information that may be useful for people looking to self-isolate, self-quarantine, or minimize public contact. For further information, please click on the websites below.

 

Information Regarding Quarantining, Self-Isolation, and Social Distancing:

 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

https://www.hhs.gov/answers/public-health-and-safety/what-is-the-difference-between-isolation-and-quarantine/index.html

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/index.html

 

Wired

https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-a-quarantine

https://www.wired.com/story/whats-social-distancing-flattening-curve-covid-19-questions

https://www.wired.com/story/covid-19-gear-supplies-guide

 

LiveScience

https://www.livescience.com/quarantine.html

 

NPR

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/16/816490025/quarantine-self-isolation-social-distancing-what-they-mean-and-when-to-do-them

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/17/817251610/its-time-to-get-serious-about-social-distancing-here-s-how

 

WebMD

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/qa/what-is-quarantine

 

VeryWell Health

https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-happens-during-a-quarantine-4799239

 

Cone Health

https://www.conehealth.com/services/primary-care/social-distancing-faq-how-it-helps-prevent-covid-19-coronavirus-/

 

John Hopkins Medicine

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-social-distancing-and-self-quarantine

 

Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/coronavirus-what-social-distancing-means.html

 

Health.com

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/what-is-social-distancing

 

TIME

https://time.com/5796642/how-to-quarantine-yourself-coronavirus

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf

 

At Home Activities:

 

USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2020/03/16/coronavirus-quarantine-100-things-do-while-trapped-inside/5054632002

 

Psychology Today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/intersections/202003/8-things-do-while-under-quarantine

 

Urban Matter

https://urbanmatter.com/chicago/snowed-in

 

Happier Human

https://www.happierhuman.com/fun-things-to-do-at-home

 

The Simple Dollar

https://www.thesimpledollar.com/financial-wellness/useful-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-at-home

 

Mental Health Tips:

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

 

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/coping-with-stress.pdf?sfvrsn=9845bc3a_2

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf

 

Partners in Health

https://www.pih.org/article/10-mental-health-tips-coronavirus-social-distancing

 

Psychology Today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/talking-about-health/202003/mental-health-in-time-pandemic

 

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/covid-19-lockdown-guide-how-manage-anxiety-and

 

Wired

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-stop-coronavirus-anxiety-spiral

 

Tips for Working from Home:

 

Entrepreneur

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/253800

 

Thrive Global

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/the-health-benefits-of-working-from-home

 

Flexjobs.com

https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/working-from-home-outbreak

 

Business Insider

https://www.businessinsider.com/work-from-home-tips-health-2019-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-work-from-home-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak-2020-3

 

The Muse

https://www.themuse.com/advice/coronavirus-work-from-home-tips

 

The Verge

https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/11/21171349/remote-work-how-to-home-coronavirus-quarantine-productivity-tips

 

Exercising at Home:

 

Very Well Fit

https://www.verywellfit.com/best-home-workouts-3495490

 

Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/at-home-workouts

 

WebMD

https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/no-gym-required-how-to-get-fit-at-home#1

 

Good Housekeeping

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/fitness/a31478709/home-workout

 

American Council on Fitness

https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/6593/top-25-at-home-exercises

 

Men's Health

https://www.menshealth.com/uk/building-muscle/a754099/the-15-best-beginners-exercises-to-do-at-home

 

Inverse.com

https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/exercise-coronavirus-how-to-workout-safely-in-a-pandemic

 

Food Delivery Services:

 

Uber Eats

https://www.ubereats.com/en-US

 

EatStreet

https://eatstreet.com

 

Bring Me That

https://www.bringmethat.com

 

Waiter.com

https://www.waiter.com

 

Postmates

https://postmates.com/feed

 

Postmates has implemented non-contact deliveries. Further information can be found at https://support.postmates.com/buyer/articles/360040220192-article-Non-contact-deliveries.

 

Grocery Delivery Services:

 

Walmart

https://grocery.walmart.com

 

Instacart

https://www.instacart.com

 

Shipt

https://www.shipt.com

 

Fresh Direct

https://www.freshdirect.com

 

Fresh Direct has implemented touchless deliveries. Further information can be found at https://www.freshdirect.com/help/faq_home.jsp?page=faq_touchless_delivery.