Health & Well-Being Newsletter #4

From the TES Counselors, Librarians and Nurses

Calming the storm

We are collectively experiencing one of the most stressful and anxious times in living memory. Life has changed and likely will never be the same again. These are big feelings to get our heads and hearts around. Having to take a much more active role in your child's education, worrying about the health of loved ones in other countries, and worrying about your business or job. These are all contributing to a sense of anxiety that can permeate not just our lives, but the lives of our children. In this edition we hope to provide you with some resources for you and your family, to combat the fear we are all feeling. To take a step back and consider how mindfulness can be a positive force in our lives, and can help us to take back some of the control that we might feel we've lost.

We hope that the articles and resources in this edition, and in our online guide, will be of help to you.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness Animated in 3 minutes

Feeling fractious?

Kids are like sponges and pick up on every little emotion that we have. If you've noticed that your children have been more unsettled than usual, for example they're arguing more with their siblings or are getting more irritated and short tempered, why not try doing some family mindfulness. Be the pond is a short mindfulness video for kids that teaches them that feelings come and go, and that if we can observe them, we can learn not to be swept away by them.
Be the Pond | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

In this edition we want to highlight the work of Dr. Jane Nelsen and her program Positive Discipline, that aims to create positive relationships in homes and schools.

"Positive Discipline is an approach that does not include excessive control or permissiveness. Positive Discipline is based on mutual respect and cooperation and using kindness and firmness at the same time as the foundation for teaching life competencies based on an inner locus of control. We stress the importance of making a connection before correction; and involving children to focus on solutions instead of punishing for mistakes."

The guiding principle of this is that we all do better when we feel better. We are not motivated by punishment or humiliation. In fact quite the opposite can occur. Children especially do not develop positive characteristics based on the feelings and subconscious decisions they make as a result of punishment.

For a more detailed look at the power of positive discipline, click on the link below to take you to an exert from Dr. Nelsen's book Positive Discipline. We have also included a link below to a video of her discussing the five criteria for Positive Discipline With Parenting.

Five Criteria for Positive Discipline With Parenting Expert Dr. Jane Nelsen

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.
All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe

More Resources!

In this edition, we selected just a few resources to share with you. If you're looking for more information on mindfulness, children's yoga, or managing feelings and emotions, click on the link below. It will take you to our Health and Well-Being guide. We've made sure to include a selection of resources in Chinese (or with Chinese subtitles).