Austin ISD Mindfulness Newsletter

Resources for Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mindful AISD--

Our personal practice has never been more important. It's so important that we are taking care of ourselves so that we can be our best for others in creative and supportive ways during this trying time. I highly recommend setting time each day, ideally around the same time each day to help with routine, to practice mindfulness. As I'm very honest about, depression and anxiety is something I regularly deal with and I've noticed it even more as we endure this trying time. I can honestly say that my daily mindfulness practice and daily exercise is helping me move through each day and helping greatly with my mental health.

Take good care of yourself, each other, wash your hands, and stay physically distant but remain socially connected. We got this y'all.


This newsletter will feature a collection of mindfulness resources including special offerings from mindfulness organizations for this time as we are living in physical separation from our students, colleagues, neighbors, etc. The resources will be split into three categories...

  • Learning at Home Support
  • Specifically for Educators
  • Free Mindfulness Resources to Use & Share

Physical & Mental Health Menu: This is a helpful tool that I've been using for the past few months and it's come in very handy during this stay at home period. You can schedule what you're planning to do for your physical and mental health for the week. It's been very helpful in holding me accountable and allowing me to make a plan for two extremely important aspects of life: physical & mental health. The document is in English and Spanish (translated by Guerrero-Thompson teachers...thanks y'all!).

Below is a compilation of a few more resources in addition to what's in this newsletter.
Please feel free to share this newsletter and/or resources from this newsletter with students, families, community members, etc. For more regular mindfulness updates, please follow me on Twitter, @mrbutler629.


This resource is from the "Mindfulness for Stress Relief" Zoom sessions held for AISD staff.


Feel free to use these resources however you best see fit for your students and families. Understand that limited/no access to internet/devices is a very real situation for a lot of our families. I've provided printable resources that can be placed for pickup at school, but I also encourage other creative ways to ensure that access to mindfulness is equitable. The last thing we want is for only our students with internet/device access to be able to have these much needed strategies right now. Please reach out if you have any thoughts or questions. I'm happy to support in any way possible.
Mindful Moments, Mindfulness for Stress Relief & More

This Mindful AISD YouTube Playlist consists of over 40 videos and growing. I'm leading "Today's Mindful Moment" video each day on Twitter and posting here on YouTube as well.


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James Butler, M.Ed.

Austin ISD SEL Mindfulness Specialist

2014 Austin ISD Teacher of the Year

Author of Mindful Classrooms: Daily 5-Minute Practices to Support Social-Emotional Learning