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12 Days of a Mindful Holiday Challenge

Northwestern Health Unit is encouraging families to take part in the 12 Days of a Mindful Holiday Challenge from December 1st – 12th, 2020.

Participants must register online using the registration survey to take part in the challenge. Once registered, print off or download a log sheet. Join us in celebrating the season by participating in the 12 Days of a Mindful Holiday Challenge with your family. 
Here are some ideas to try: 
Complete a random act of kindness
Make a snow angel
Practice being thankful
Try something new
Take a walk in the snow
Spend time with family and friends
Put lights up outside
Volunteer your time

Once the suggested activity has been completed, please check it off on the log sheet. The log sheet also provides a space for you to let us know how you felt after completing the activity, if you feel comfortable doing so.

Want to win great prizes while spending quality time with your family? Return your log sheet by emailing, faxing it to 807-226-9807, or dropping it off at your local health unit office by December 17, 2020.

Why is Mindfulness Important?

Did you know that Mindfulness can help build resilience; the ability to bounce back from life's daily challenges? It can help with self-regulation and concentration. It helps us become more aware of thoughts, emotions, impulses to act and body sensations. It promotes kindness and compassion.

Mindfulness is the simple act of recognizing what’s going on inside of ourselves and what’s going on around us, in the present moment and without judgment. Mindfulness is a tool that helps us manage thoughts and emotions, notice more of what’s happening in a situation, and immerse ourselves in the present moment as it unfolds.
Using mindfulness skills to look at the situation in a more neutral way can have a big impact on the way we understand ourselves and our world. Mindfulness slows us down and gives us time to consider different options when we’re confronted with a problem, so we have the freedom to choose a response, rather than just reacting.

Mindfulness can have a positive impact on our thoughts, behaviours and overall mental well-being—and it can be useful for anyone. 

Mindfulness for Children

Kids may be more stressed out these days. They may be feeling pressure from school with the new rules regarding COVID-19. They may be experiencing anxiety and having a hard time focusing on tasks. Mindfulness can help kids focus on the present instead of focusing on the past or future. As they grow into adults, having coping skills such as mindfulness practices can help them to manage stress in healthy ways and make sure they have a healthy balance in their lives.

Mindfulness can be a helpful tool for kids who have challenges with self-regulation or difficulty managing emotions, or want to improve their concentration. It would be helpful for them to be able to calm down and be aware of the present. When they are aware of the present, it will help them be more able to see what’s happening around them and settle themselves and their minds.

For more information on how to teach mindfulness to your children and incorporate mindfulness into your parenting, check out these great resources:

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”
 – Jack Kornfield