• Stress-management for students (and teachers): activities to reduce stress (new ideas each week!)

    A Moment for Good

    Start your lesson with inviting students to take a minute to reflect on something positive that has happened or something they feel grateful for. This reflection can take various forms, such as writing it down, sharing with a partner, or participating in small or large group discussions. Larger group discussions are particularly effective for younger elementary students.

  • 60 seconds of silence

    Before starting your lesson ask all student to sit calmly for 60 seconds allowing them to prepare for learning.

    You can ask your students to focus on a specific sound, a detail in or outside the classroom, an abstract picture you provide or guide them to focus on their breathing.

    For younger elementary students start with 15 seconds and gradually extend the time. For upper elementary students try to start the “focus” activity with 20-30 seconds.

  • 3 Breaths Practice: ask your students to take three slow, deep breaths at regular intervals, before the new lesson starts or whenever you see anxiety or tension in your class. Provide students with calming breathing technique and add visual signals to prompt them to begin breathing.
    This beneficial practice can also be adopted by staff members for stress relief and relaxation.

  • Powerful Listening:
    Make a sustained sound with a bell, wind chime, or any other object that creates a lingering sound.
    Ask your students to listen attentively and raise their hands once they can no longer hear the sound.
    Once everyone agrees that the sound has ceased, set a timer for one minute. Encourage the students to sit in silence during this time.

    When the tme is up, invite them to share their observations about what they heard during that quiet minute.

  • Body Scan

    Invite your students to focus on their bodies. You can make this activity together with the group. Make sure you are feeling centered with both feet on the floor.

    Then you can play this video and ask your students to follow the instrucions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLoK5rOl8Qk

    You can also guide your students yourself without the video.

    Notice when and where you are feeling tension or when your breathing is shallow and practice Three Breaths exercise to help you feel more relaxed.

  • Mindful Reflection
    Dedicate time at the end of each day or week for students to reflect on their experiences with mindfulness practices. Encourage them to share their insights, challenges, and observations, fostering a sense of community and mutual support.

    You can give your students supporting questions to activate their reflection process. Give them a question, allocate some time to think individually, then invite students to share.
    Here are some questions that can be used:

    • Something I learned today (this week) …
    • I am curious about…
    • I am looking forward to tomorrow because…
    • Something I’ll do (next, later today, this weekend, before the end of the week, etc.)…
    • A question I still have is…
    • I had the best feeling today when…
    • Something from today that I am grateful for/thankful for/appreciative of is…
  • Nature Walks

    Take students on nature walks around the school campus or nearby outdoor spaces. Encourage them to observe their surroundings mindfully, paying attention to the sights, sounds, and sensations of nature.
    Afterward, facilitate a discussion about their observations and feelings.

  • Guided Visualization

    Lead students through guided visualization exercises where they imagine themselves in a peaceful and serene environment, such as a tranquil beach or lush forest. Encourage them to engage all their senses in the visualization to evoke feelings of relaxation and calm.

  • Mindfulness Art Projects

    Provide opportunities for students to express their creativity through mindfulness art projects, such as mandala coloring, doodling, or mindful painting. These activities encourage self-expression, promote relaxation, and enhance focus and concentration.

  • Mindful Eating Exercises

    Engage students in mindful eating exercises where they savor a small piece of food slowly and attentively, using all their senses to explore its texture, taste, and aroma.
    This practice promotes mindful eating habits and encourages gratitude for nourishing food.

  • 🙌 Hello everyone, there is already a great list of stress-management techniques.

    Have you had a chance to participate in any of the activities yet?
    Vote for the activity you would like to try.
    It would be great to read your thoughts.
    What do you think, should teachers organize these activities or is it not worth spending class time on them?

  • Here are some stress-management activities for students and teachers:

    1. Mindful Breathing Sessions: Incorporate short mindfulness exercises into the daily routine, focusing on deep breathing and being present in the moment.

    2. Outdoor Walks: Organize weekly nature walks or outdoor activities to help students and teachers connect with nature and reduce stress levels.

    3. Art Therapy: Set up regular art therapy sessions where students and teachers can express themselves creatively through painting, drawing, or other art forms.

    4. Yoga Classes: Offer weekly yoga classes for students and teachers to practice relaxation techniques, improve flexibility, and reduce stress.

    5. Journaling: Encourage daily journaling as a way for students and teachers to reflect on their emotions, experiences, and stressors.

    6. Music Therapy: Host music therapy sessions where participants can listen to calming music, play instruments, or even learn how to create their own music.

    7. Guided Imagery : Conduct guided imagery exercises where students and teachers can visualize peaceful and calming scenes to promote relaxation and reduce stress.

    8. Laughter Yoga: Introduce laughter yoga sessions to promote laughter and joy, which can help alleviate stress and boost mood.

    9. Healthy Cooking Workshops: Teach students and teachers how to prepare nutritious meals and snacks that can support their mental and physical well-being.

    10. Group Discussions: Organize weekly group discussions where students and teachers can share their stressors, challenges, and coping strategies in a supportive environment.

    11. Puzzle Breaks: Incorporate short puzzle breaks into the school day, such as solving crosswords, Sudoku, or riddles, to help students and teachers relax and refocus.

    12. Gratitude Practice: Foster a culture of gratitude by encouraging students and teachers to express appreciation for the positive aspects of their lives through daily gratitude exercises.

    13. Guided Relaxation: Lead guided relaxation sessions that focus on progressive muscle relaxation, body scans, or visualization techniques to promote deep relaxation and reduce stress.

    14. Stress B***s and Fidget Toys: Provide stress b***s and fidget toys in classrooms to give students and teachers a physical outlet for stress and anxiety.

    15. Pet Therapy: Arrange visits from therapy animals or create a pet-friendly space where students and teachers can interact with animals to reduce stress and promote well-being.

    These activities can be rotated weekly to keep things fresh and engaging while providing consistent support for stress management![infographic-stress-management-tactics.webp](invalid mime type) R.png original-1604018-3.jpg

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  • @Ana_moderator
    Just want to share one of my method.
    Introduce chapter / topic with a Challenge:
    Before I TELL the students how to do something, I let them first try it themselves. This gets those creativity flowing and encourages them to think critically.
    For instance, when I teach a lesson on trees classification, I ask students to write different trees name and, without much instruction, challenge them to group the trees in ways that they thought made sense, based on similarities. The students came up with some pretty interesting ways to group the trees and then we follow with the discussion on the concept of classifying.
    (Note: This exercise does not exceed more than 5 to max 7 mins.)

    Have you tried any methods that might be interesting or innovative?? Do share with us. 😊