It is day five of our 5 Days of Mindfulness series with Dr. Hilary Mead, but remember, you can re-listen to any of these guided practices as many times as you need. Mindfulness is a great technique that can enhance how you, your children and teens cope with pain-related conditions or emotional, behavioral or mental conditions. By teaching them to observe their feelings and thoughts, mindfulness practices can help them slow down their feelings by observing their urges and thinking about them instead of immediately acting on them.
To finish off the week I’m sharing three new guided practices. As with the others, I invite you to do these with your family to help incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine.
- Guided Imagery: Be a Jellyfish – Breathe similar to how a jellyfish swims. Dr. Mead shares this patient-developed guided imagery to help you focus on your breath.
- Mindfulness: Water Slide in the Middle of the Jungle – You go to the middle of the jungle to go down a water slide (I personally LOVE this one). This was created by Julie Campilio of Radiant Beginnings Yoga. It’s a fun exercise to seriously escape!
- Five Senses Guided Meditation – You’re led through a meditation of your five senses, which are great anchor points to the current moment and being mindful.