I was supply teaching a class that I have taught just once before. A little girl put up her hand and said ‘Mrs T can you do that body relaxation thing you did with us last time please?’
‘Really, OK, that’s great you remembered are you all OK to join in? We’ll start with our toes and work our way up to our head. We are just going to use this short time to have a brain break, a space in your day. You haven’t stopped since you got up have you?
Close your eyes if you feel comfortable to do so, or just gaze at something on the floor perhaps but not at each other, and if you don’t want to do this that’s OK, just allow the others to take part and let them be and you can sit for a while.
So just check in with your toes and notice where they are at in your mind, do they feel hot or cold, comfortable or uncomfortable whatever they are feeling just notice and become aware of your toes
Let’s move to our feet now and do the same. and simply notice them, where they are, no need to move them or change anything you are just here with them’
We continued to do this working our way up checking in and noticing any sensations with our body right up to our head.
‘Finally just check in with your breath, just notice it coming in and out of your nose, don’t alter your breathing, you are just noticing it, in and out, in and out, in and out – do this for a few breaths now on your own’
Maybe you might also enjoy this pause in your day – some Mind Space – time to just be here and now with no agenda – a gift of the present moment.
When you are ready just open your eyes and come back to the space you are in.
You can check in with yourself throughout the day, just notice, take a breath and PAUSE.
I also explain to children they can use this technique to help with self control and reactions -take a breathe and pause.