Pittsford Schools Mental and Behavioral Health: MINDFULNESS
Hello community members big and small!
April 2, 2020
During this time of being apart, the Student Services Department is developing ways to stay connected through focused topics centered around social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health. These are often embedded within the classroom setting and are also addressed through class lessons, small group or individual school based counseling when necessary. This PCSD-Wellness Connection newsletter focuses on mindfulness and more specifically, mindful breathing. It will be an introduction for some and a continuing practice for others.
Mindfulness practices are particularly important during stressful times. They can have a positive impact on self-awareness and management, relationships, and connections with our community in so many ways. These practices promote focusing on the here-and-now, observing thoughts in a non-judgmental way, improving impulse control, learning how to regulate strong emotions, and increasing cognitive flexibility.
Future newsletters will address other important topics such as resiliency, stress management, conflict resolution and more. We value your insight and feedback. Please reach out with ideas, comments, or suggestions related to social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health topics.
Patricia Vaughan-Brogan, Ed.D.
Director of Student Services
Greta B. Johnston, MS, CAS
Student Services Specialist
Mindfulness for Elementary School
Mindfulness for Middle School
Many of you have practiced mindful breathing and other mindfulness exercises in school and in Health class. Take the show on the road and practice at home! You'll be surprised at the results. Just five-minutes a day can reduce anxiety, lower stress and increase focus.
Mindfulness for Teens: resources, videos, guided meditations
A video short about middle school stress
Give it a try...
5-minute breathing exercise
Mindfulness for High School
Take a Break, Keep Perspective, Be Kind in Uncertain Times
Multi-tasking & Mindfulness
Mindfulness and attention
4-7-8 Breathing method
Go on, give it a try in the comfort of your own home.
When at home or on the go, mindfulness apps to try...
Stay connected-Share your experiences!
We would love to hear about your experiences and share some of your photos.