A few Saturdays ago, I presented my "Hack Your Planner" workshop to a group of teens, their parents, and teacher participants.
As I discussed the M.A.N.A.G.E. system, I talked about G -- giving yourself time.
We all need to give ourselves more time to:
3. turn uncertainty into thoughtful questions
4. grow and be a skilled beginner when learning (experiencing) something new
5. pause and take a moment
One of the teens, a 7th grader, told me school was already getting hard - even though it just started.
I asked him if he ever used deep breathing as a coping strategy when things seem difficult or when he was experiencing nervousness?
He said no - and he had never considered deep breathing to actually be a thing.
• created a "mindfulness" tab in his planner (using washi tape),
• decorated a page with the steps for the breathing technique,
• and used brads (those things we used back in kindergarten) to insert a breathing tracking chart that could fold in and out of his planner (like a modified Dutch door).
He was so excited about this mindfulness idea - and I hope it will help in with his back-to-school jitters.
Do you practice deep breathing?
How do you calm yourself when your nervous about something?
How often do you give yourself a moment to pause - and breathe deeply?