Stress Relief for Students & Teachers
During a normal school day, sometimes we don't think about the stress or anxiety a student may be feeling. This could be due to something happening at school, or at home. I think it's important to take a few minutes each day to work on stress relief, and allowing the students to relax their minds from the chaos of the day. There are a few ways I have personally used to do this, and other ways that I have yet to try.
Cosmic Kids is a 'yoga for kids' YouTube channel. It is done in a very fun, story-telling way that keeps the kids energized, leading into a relaxed phase, and is ultimately very amusing! (I've definitely participated myself with the students, and had a great time).
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
GoNoodle is a great energizer, and especially for those students in your class that like to get moving and release their energy. It includes fun dance videos (and other videos as well) that the whole class will enjoy.
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoNoodleGames
Go Zen is another YouTube channel that includes calming, mindfulness and meditation stories for kids.
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/user/gozenonline
Emotion/Feeling Board: A good way to check in with your students is by having a feeling or emotions board. Something that is more well known for teachers is the 'Zone Board'. This is a great behaviour management tool that is easy to use. Teachers can clearly understand how a student is feeling by using the 'Zone Board'.
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Positive Self-Talk Cards: A great and easy tool to make for the students in your class. It can be left in their desk, or in their locker/cubby. Each card has a positive message students can go to throughout the day, and messages can easily be replaced with pictures for differentiation.
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Now, teachers need stress relief tools, too!
Adult Stress Relief Colouring Pages: This may sound silly, but after having used this tool myself, I can attest to its functionality.
Link to purchase (in store and online): https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/colouring-books/
Yoga: I absolutely love yoga, but I don't like being in public in a group setting- I just can't focus. One YouTube channel I love to follow is Yoga with Adrienne. It can also be downloaded as an app.
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Do What You Love: Take time out of your busy schedule to do one thing you love to do. Whether it's reading, exercising or taking a bath; and whether it's 20 minutes or 1 hour. Make sure you make time for you, and enjoy it.