Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without any judgment. Mindfulness has been found to reduce stress and boost overall happiness.

We hope these tips below can help you to press pause on overwhelming feelings.

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Practice deep breathing. Science has shown that slowing our breathing helps us calm down. It’s a quick and accessible way to refocus your attention and energy. Follow some tips here.

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Hold back on judgement. Work on taking a step back and genuinely being there for your friend. Allow them to confront and triumph over their challenges.

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Be mindful, and be yourself. You will help others grow into the authentic version of themselves when you set a great example. Follow the same tips we give students in moments of stress —like this guided meditation for sleep.

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Help others build on the strengths you’ve observed. Remind them of how hard they’ve worked and their successes with exact, affirming language. 

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Manage your time and make lists. Writing a to-do list is a helpful way to collect your thoughts, prioritize your tasks and take control of your time. Visit our site for a couple short videos with suggestions for effective list-writing.

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Pay attention. Tune in to conversations with your students. Stand up a little straighter when you catch yourself hunching your shoulders. Mindfully look over your notes, and regain focus with apps like Forest and Headspace.

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Take a moment to arrive. Before you approach your classroom, office, or even the doors of your school, reflect on why you’re there. Set a single intention for the day. Mindfulness means arriving in your body and your mind — on terms that derive power from self-actualization.

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Talk to your coworkers. Establish a support network for all the projects, ideas, and worries that coincide with the start of school. Your colleagues may experience similar stressors they’d never voice without shared support.

9 Tips to Practice Mindfulness

Stay present. Although it can be easy to let social media be a stand-in for socializing, try to spend time with friends and classmates IRL. You’ll make fulfilling connections and, the less time you spend on social media, the easier it is to avoid comparing yourself to others.