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Mindfulness: When your brain needs a vacation
At times, we all need to learn to adapt to change, or we need assistance with stress of the day, or we simply need a way to calm our minds after a transition. Mindfulness can be useful in those situations and more! Click the link below to learn why it is useful to begin flexing our brain muscle!
Take a short break from whatever you’re doing —look at something different. NOTICE it!
Practice looking for small moments of beauty or kindness --Focusing on the positive will strengthen your ability to turn your attention away from worries.
Search for and comment on the positive qualities and actions of others.
Develop a habit of exercising — to make it easier to relax and to recover from stress.
Remember that habits can be hard to form, and change takes time. Try to be persistent with your mindfulness practices, but don’t beat yourself up if you slip and find yourself getting stressed. Just keep trying.
Check out the following Mindfulness Apps :
Calm----also offers many features, may be better suited for older students and adults
Insight Timer--a lot of intricate features
Smiling Mind--so many possible approaches, targets students by age, includes educator options providing lessons for age groups
Headspace--very user friendly! Many students are familiar with this app
Counseling, Crisis, and Other Resources
- Growing through Grief (grief counseling)
- Headway Counseling (wide range of mental health services, including counseling)
- Melrose Center (eating disorder resource)
- Move Forward (free counseling & crisis referral)
- Prairie Care (wide range of mental health services, including counseling)
- The Family Partnership (services in Spanish, Hmong & Somali)
- The Emily Program (eating disorder resource)
- Washburn Child Guidance (wide range of mental health services, including counseling)
- Clues: Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servico (counseling and other resources for Latino families, resources in Spanish)
- Hennepin County Crisis Connection (qualified counselors who can respond 24-7 vie phone or text)
- Metro Childrens Crisis Response Services (professionals who can respond 24-7 vie phone)
- Mental Health Emergency (trained county workers who can help in the midst of a mental health crisis)
- The Bridge (24 hr/crisis counseling & emergency shelter for teens)
- ICA Food Shelf (provides food to families in need)
- Central Community Center Clinic (free medical care)
- Mental Health Minnesota (a compilation of many resources)
- myHealth for Teens and Young Adults (low cost and free basic medical care, education, and counseling)
- Resource West (referrals for food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and counseling)
- Sojourner (safety, support, shelter from domestic violence)
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