Five Mindfulness Activities for Each of the Five Senses

Here are twenty-five different activities you can try with your students or clients to add some fun variety to your mindfulness lessons.  Focusing on the five senses can also be a good alternative to breath-based practices for youth who suffer from anxiety or who’ve been impacted by trauma.   Sense of Sight World of Color “Collect …

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6 Tips for Practicing Self-Care (Even When You Have No Time for Yourself)

Your schedule is so packed you can’t possibly fit in any time for self-care. I get it. I really do. But I’m still going to tell you that you have to fit in some time for self-care. Here’s why: I nearly had a nervous breakdown when I was working a full-time administrative position while developing …

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Four Dos and Don’ts for Setting Effective Boundaries with Youth

“Wisdom is knowing when to employ the gentle compassion of understanding and when to employ the fierce compassion of good boundaries.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet If you work with youth in any capacity, there will inevitably be times when you’ll need to draw a line. This could be …

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3 Tips for Managing Compassion Fatigue and Empathic Distress

The narrator of the story “Standard Loneliness Package” works at a call center in Bangalore, experiencing other people’s pain for twelve dollars an hour. (Official company motto: “Don’t feel like having a bad day? Let us have it for you.”)  “Pain is an illusion, I know, and so is time, I know, I know, I …

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5 Tips for Recovering from Burnout and Reconnecting with Your Calling

 “Helping others with significant concerns in their lives can be highly effective, satisfying, and meaningful. It can be great work. To do this well […] we must continually invest positively in others, and this means constant renewal of the self and an ongoing focus on the intricate balance between caring for others versus caring for …

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How to Validate Teens (Even When You Don’t Agree)

Invalidation basically means expressing a lack of empathy toward someone’s feelings and experience of the world. Validation, then, conveys the message: I see you, I hear you, and I understand where you’re coming from and what you’re going through. Validation or invalidation aren’t always articulated verbally, but could be shown through a supportive or skeptical …

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