Mindfulness in the Time of Covid 19

In this period of change and challenge, my intention is to build a bank of short videos and activities that young people and their carers, teachers and parents can dip into. Please check in on occasion and feel free to use.

Here are some more.

Let us play mindfulness Connect four Challenge

Disclaimer: this Connect Four Challenge only presents as a grid on web browsers. If you are viewing on mobiles, perhaps make the challenge with friends a timed one.

You may like to play mindfulness Connect Four with your friends. Make a screen shot of the grid below and mark it off as you go. Do one activity a day and see if you can connect four activities in a row. You may like to face-time or zoom evidence of you completing the activities.

This game was inspired by my colleague Claire Hatchman's Wellness Bingo. You can email me for a copy.

Complete one Just Dance and share it with a friend or better yet do a dance off remotely using Zoom or a face time app.

Go for a walk around your garden or if you are lucky enough to live in a less densely populated area and can physically distance yourself, around your block.

Watch this TED Talk and discover better ways of being contagious. Let us choose our contagion.

Respond to the writing prompt in any genre

Complete a ten minute yoga stretch and take time to care for your physical and emotional health.

Go to www.makebeliefscomix.com and create a comic to make others smile

Go to https://skribbl.io/?R4J8qvUuQHnD , make a private room and invite your friends who are also on their own, to join you in a drawing challenge.

Use this music clip to choreograph a dance or as the background to a slam poem or rap.

Make dinner one night. Here is a recipe for home made pasta. Make a how to video.

Watch a TED Talk if not this one and note five points of interest.

Go to www.writetheworld.com and enter one of their writing competitions or review someone else's work.

Go to www.spark.adobe.com or another graphic app and create an affirmation for a family member or friend.

Get healthy through gratitude. Begin a gratitude diary and share some of its contents with grandparents via face time or a phone call. Check in with absent family members

Learn a new skill and practice it. Tell someone what you are doing and check YouTube for instructional videos.

Use this music clip to choreograph a dance or as the background to a slam poem or rap

Complete a ten minute yoga stretch and take time to care for your physical and emotional health.

There has also been a surge in authors allowing educators and parents as well as students, to use their books in these unusual circumstances. You might like to create videos of readings for younger people or perhaps create your own narratives and narration on www.storyjumper.com about life and how to embrace the moment. You could also focus on the SDGs and consider how you might make the young readers feel empowered to make a difference. Taken from Twitter @Laurachese

School Closure Online Reading Permissions

Another Mindfulness Connect Four Challenge.

You may like to play mindfulness Connect Four with your friends. Make a screen shot of the grid below and mark it off as you go. Do one activity a day and see if you can connect four activities in a row. You may like to face-time or zoom evidence of you completing the activities.

Make a motivational poster to share using https://bighugelabs.com/motivator.php

Use this music clip to choreograph a dance or as the background to a slam poem or rap.

Complete a five minute stretch and take time to care for your physical and emotional health.

Write a letter to yourself to be opened this time next year. What do you want to say to the person you are becoming? What do you wish for yourself in 12 months time.

Make a treat for your family. Perhaps try out this recipe for souffle pancakes. Post a picture of the outcomes.

Can You Draw It?

Draw a picture of something you have done today...


Go to the Padlet and add a suggestion for one act of kindness that you can do at a distance. Make sure that you do one too. Comments will be moderated.

Take time to say thank you. Brighten someone else's day with a video message.

Do something vigorous like star jumps, skipping or running on the spot for 30 seconds to a minute and then put your hand on your heart. Take time to be aware of your body, the rhythm, your skin, your breath. Be present with yourself.

Complete one Just Dance and share it with a friend or better yet do a dance off remotely using Zoom or a face time app.

Challenge yourself with puzzles and then see how long it takes family members to answer the questions or create 5 emoticon puzzles.

Complete a ten minute yoga stretch and take time to care for your physical and emotional health.

What in the world do you want to change? Go to Write the World and write about your dreams or talk to your parents about your dreams. What would you be doing if you could do anything? What is the significance you want to have in the world?

Use Adobe Spark or another tool to make your own mindfulness video for your peers using your own photos (don't overshare!). You are gaining wisdom with each day and are at different points of self isolation and physical distancing. What has worked for you?

Make a copy of this template using (Class Password: BeatCovid19) and create a journal. You will see my template there. You can gather thoughts, drawings and observations. Narrate your story too. You are creating a record that you can look back on. Alter the pages to suit your style.

Paint a Pet and share your painting online

This one of my two was painted by my friend

L. Byerlee