Whether you are the type of person who wakes up ready to take on the world, or the type of person who needs time and space to prepare for the day, adding a few moments of mindfulness practice to your morning routine can make all the difference to your mindset for the day. Popular apps are readily available to provide the perfect guided meditation or mindful moment. Both the Headspace and the Calm apps are perfect for families, with a wonderful selection of short and long guided practices as well as calming music, sleep stories and more.
The following mindfulness tips can be practiced by children, adults and families together:
1. Wake up to Gratitude
Be great-full for breath, take 5 mindful breaths before getting out of bed.
Stretch, rotate your ankles .
Sound -listen to the sounds around you, (different everyday) you’ll learn to notice the differences, birds singing, tap dripping …
Here is a short video with a guided meditation on Gratutude to help get you started: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCq5MkNem6k
2. Become aware of your Breath and Make it fun!!
There’s not just one way to breath, have fun with it and see how well you do or what’s your favorite!
Breath in on the count of 4, hold for 4, release to the count of 4.
Take a double breath in, hold and double breath out..
Here is a short video with guided breathing exercises in the Kriya Yoga Technique: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmRk7v9ODg0
3. Fall asleep with mindfulness.
Falling asleep to a meditation will set you up for a more mindful morning.
Here is a guided meditation I like for evenings: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCn7PY8DdO0
4. Wake up with mindfulness.
Wake up to a meditation.
Here is a guided meditation that can help you set positive intentions for the day ahead. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCq5MkNem6k
5. Take 5
Not ready for a full meditation? Start your day with 5 minutes of quiet time to gather your thoughts and set positive intentions. Throughout the rest of the day, continue to find pockets of 5 minutes to yourself to focus on your breath and your intentions.
If you are interested in more personal guidance and coaching for adding mindfulness and meditation to your day, consider booking a guided meditation session at Oak Learners or learn more about our weekly programs for children and adults.
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