Day 119 (of 184) mindful breathing breaks
But no surprise – there are a few of us that send emails to each other towards the end of February to remind each other that ‘things are about to suck’. And every year we think “it won’t be that bad – it probably never was” – but it is. And each year ‘we’ fall for the same trick.
The weather is a little better. Spring Break teases its fortnight of distractions – and leading into that time, distractions keep piling on but we don’t notice it until we are in the middle of them! Thus an importance in being mindful when making plans (or too many plans) at this time of year.
Thats when I’m happy that our school does breathing breaks. Twice a day – to start the day and after lunch. Two minutes of ‘mindful slow breathing’. I like it because it reminds me (and everyone in the school) to stop. Just for a couple minutes and catch our breaths. Pause before moving on.
Moving into: visits by the SPCA, karate presentations, field trips for art activities, etc etc etc. And report cards (for some – I know my staff is doing better at taking deep breaths as we shift to communicating student learning via eportfolios instead of traditional report cards).
But it’s still a busy time. That’s when I remind myself to “breathe in like I’m smelling a flower and breathe out like I am blowing on a candle but don’t want it to go out”.
It is to easy for people to try to do too much before two weeks ‘away from school, (more if there’s $ to be saved on flights a couple days early). I’m trying to remember to keep things constant – and being mindful of the value in ‘breaks’ when they present themselves- including today when we could’ve added some complex work to our day. But happily we decided to follow the advice of our school: take time to slow down our breathing and take advantage of what adults consider a key resource: time.
Breathing breaks are good. I think that as things get busier, I’m going to want to try some ‘boredom breaks’ next!