Mindfulness Strategies for Reluctant Students

Counselors everywhere are integrating mindfulness into their school counseling curriculum. But some may be met with resistance from students who just aren’t into mindful breathing or meditation. So how do you teach kids mindfulness when students aren’t up for it? Try these three easy things (that can be the answer to almost any lesson hold up): go outside, play a game, or read a book. Keep reading to find some specific mindfulness activities that will engage even your reluctant students!

Teach Kids Mindfulness: Activities Even Reluctant Students Will Enjoy

Go Outside

Sometimes being in confined in a room with peers all around can discourage students from trying something new, especially something intimate and personal like mindfulness. Trying breaking the barriers of the classroom walls by moving outside for your mindfulness exercise.

Sit in a quiet spot outside and help students to explore nature through their senses. Help them notice the ways they are affected by the sounds and sensations around them. Give your students a little freedom when it comes to choosing where to sit so they don’t feel confined by a group circle.

If sitting definitely isn’t your students’ thing, try a mindful nature walk. Before you start, make sure your students know exactly what it means to be in the moment, noticing things around them and paying attention to their own bodies, feelings, and thoughts. Then, go for a silent walk on a nature trail. Afterward, debrief about their experiences. Or try a bubble breathing exercise. Getting outside the building walls can be all a student needs to give mindfulness a try!

Want to teach kids mindfulness but being met with resistance? Try these mindfulness exercises to engage even the reluctant students! Mindfulness exercise tips for school counseling to use mindfulness in your classroom guidance lessons. -Counselor Keri

Play a Game

We learn best when we’re having fun, and all mindfulness instruction doesn’t have to be quiet with dimmed lights and spa music! Try a mindfulness game that introduces students to different mindfulness exercises. While they’re learning concrete examples of mindfulness, they can mix in a few quick attempts. This will ease them into longer, more in-depth mindfulness exercises in a non-threatening way that’s fun!

Want to teach kids mindfulness but being met with resistance? Try these mindfulness exercises to engage even the reluctant students! Mindfulness exercise tips for school counseling to use mindfulness in your classroom guidance lessons. -Counselor Keri

Read a Book

Some students may be hesitant to try a guided meditation or breathing exercise with just verbal instruction. Try reading a mindfulness book to introduce the concept first. When students are able to see book characters utilize mindfulness exercises and reap the benefits of the practice, they may be more inclined to try. Find a book with empowering statements, like I am Peace by Susan Verde. A book like Breathe Like a Bear will also have quick mindfulness exercises that may seem less daunting than a full-blown meditation.

Ease your students in with a picture book! Find all of my favorite mindfulness books here.

Want to teach kids mindfulness but being met with resistance? Try these mindfulness exercises to engage even the reluctant students! Mindfulness exercise tips for school counseling to use mindfulness in your classroom guidance lessons. Love these mindfulness books! -Counselor Keri

How do you teach kids mindfulness when they may be reluctant to try an exercise? Let me know your best strategies in the comments section!

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