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12 Days of a Mindful Holiday Challenge

The NWHU is encouraging families to take part in the 12 Days of a Mindful Holiday Challenge from Dec. 1 – 12, 2018.

Register here, then print off or pick up our log sheet at your local NWHU office and 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: 
  • Make a holiday card
  • Build a snowman
  • Go tree hunting
  • Dance to holiday music
  • Take a walk in the snow
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Put lights up outside
  • Make a gingerbread house
Our log sheet will ask you to check off the suggested activity for that day once you’ve completed it and to let us know how you felt after completion if you feel comfortable sharing.

Want to win great prizes while spending quality time with your family? Return your log sheet by emailing hchant@nwhu.on.ca or dropping it off at your local health unit office by December 17, 2018.

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 judgement. 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 are stressed out these days. They may feel pressure from school. They may be quite busy with after-school activities. It’s hard to slow down in such a fast-paced world. But it’s important that children learn how to do just that - slow down. Mindfulness helps kids focus on the present instead of focusing on the past or future. As they grow into adults, they need to learn 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;