Mindful Self-Management Exercise: Managing Stress

An exercise offers young scholars a coping skill to manage stress or other strong emotions. Learners identify the emotion, focus on how their body feels physically, then pretend they are holding a balloon over their heads, blow their emotion into the ballon and let the string go, letting the emotion go with it.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Bring in a helium balloon to create a visual display of the exercise
  • Display the poem to remind class members of the exercise
  • Make copies of the handout and send it home
Classroom Considerations
  • The sixth mindful activity in a series of 10
  • Remembering strong feelings may be triggers for some learners
Pros
  • Allows participants to sit with their emotions and reflect on them before letting them go
  • The resource comes with a poem and a handout 
Cons
  • None