Mindfulness is a mental state of full awareness and full acceptance of the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can start out small and short. By intentionally practicing this in your 4-H activities, you are supporting the social emotional wellbeing of the youth in our programs.
So what does it look like?
In the 4-H Curriculum, Get Experience in Mindfulness, the authors share characteristics of a mindful sate.
- Focused and Alert
- Resilient and Confident
- Relaxed and Engaged
- Creative and Communicative
- Compassionate and Graceful
How can we do this in 4-H?
Here are some simple activities and strategies to try:
- Check out the Quick and Easy Mindfulness activities created my U of M Extension Center of Youth Development.
- As a part of roll call or other check in activities, consider using the Mood Meter. Ask youth to label 1 or 2 emotions they are experiencing at that time.
- Before starting a 4-H Club meeting, practice taking intentional breaths. There are many resources on how to practice mindful breathing. I recommend checking out Coping Skills for Kids. They also have craft ideas!
Try one with your next 4-H club meeting! Let us know how it goes!
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Itasca County