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November 29, 2023

Using Guided Relaxation in the Classroom

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of guided relaxation or mindfulness, but have you considered introducing these concepts in your classroom? Helping your students focus on the present moment through quiet reflection and guided exercises can increase attention, foster social and emotional learning, and help students manage big emotions throughout the school day.

Activities such as a Body Scan don’t have to take a lot of time. Many exercises are less than 5 minutes, and a quick search online will lead you to simple scripts and videos you can use with students to make preparing for these moments a breeze. If you have students who have a difficult time managing their emotions or could use a break during a busy or stressful day, guided relaxation can help. It is great for teachers, too!

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How can using mindfulness positively impact behavior?
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