Mindfulness Strategy: Mindful Melt

Let me paint a picture for you. You’ve begun counting down the days until winter break. You’ve trimmed the Santa beard on the countdown every single morning. Students are talking about their Christmas lists, all of the video games they’ll play over the break, and the piles of Grandma’s cookies they’ll be eating. It’s chaos. No one is focused. Faculty desperately need some self-care days. So what can you do to help your students refocus and finish the semester strong? A holiday mindfulness activity!

The whole point of mindfulness is that students are focused on the here and now, their present feelings, thoughts, and experiences. We know that mindfulness reduces problem behaviors and increases attention, so what better way to fight the holiday chaos and stress?

Need to calm the chaos before the holidays? Your students will love this holiday mindfulness activity to help them calm their bodies and minds!

Winter Mindfulness Activity: Mindful Melt

I like to do this winter-themed mindfulness exercise with my students called the Mindful Melt. I lead students through a relaxation exercise in which they pretend they are snowmen and pictures themselves on a warm, peaceful beach. Students pay close attention to their bodies and experiences as they imagine themselves slowly melting limb by limb into the sand.
We have lots of great discussions about how slowing down our minds and focusing on only one thing in the present moment helps us to feel calm and in tune with our bodies and environments. After doing a longer exercise, teachers can easily lead their students through a modified version of this after lunch, after recess, or whenever students need a moment to refocus.
Students also love to do the follow-up craft where they create a melted snowman and describe how their bodies feel as they melt.
Need to calm the chaos before the holidays? Your students will love this holiday mindfulness activity to help them calm their bodies and minds!
How do you handle the pre-holiday mayhem? I’d love to hear about the goodies you have in your bag of tricks to build focus and attention during this exciting time of year! Need more winter mindfulness activities? You’ll love these!
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Need to calm the chaos before the holidays? Your students will love this holiday mindfulness activity to help them calm their bodies and minds!

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