March Mindfulness

Exploring Mindfulness

"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally." -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Paying attention on purpose. That’s mindfulness in shorthand.

But how do we actually do it?

Every one of us has this ability already; the trick is to develop it. By paying attention to what we’re thinking and feeling, and how those thoughts and feelings affect others, we’re effectively building in an essential moment of time to decide how to bring out the best outcome, whether you’re in the middle of a daily task or dealing with a more challenging situation.

“After you become aware of where you are, you will be more certain about what changes you would like to see in your life,” offers “Daring to be Vulnerable with Brené Brown,” from the University of Minnesota’s Taking Charge Of Your Health & Wellbeing site. “In [her new book] Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown describes this attentiveness as ‘pay[ing] attention to the space between where we're actually standing and where we want to be.’"

We need to remember the big picture: The type of person we want to be, nurse, educator, caregiver, whatever our profession. But we also need to keep from getting bogged down in the small stuff that our livelihoods can bring. We need to remember to be mindful in the moment, and react to things from a place of balance, purpose, and nonjudgment.

When we’re working in settings where cultivating positive relationships and making real connections are paramount to providing the best care and support, being mindful is essential.

That’s why we’ve chosen the lotus lifting up a person as our symbol for mindfulness. The lotus symbolizes patience, love, compassion, and self-awareness. Color it in shades of green, and you’ve got a gift to improve life and start those good habits you’ve been wanting to.

We hope that these resources help you along your path to mindfulness.

 

Over 17,000 facilities, 30,000 Certified Instructors, and 10 million trained professionals trust the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) to help create more confident and productive employees who leave a lasting positive impact on the people they serve. More than 35 years ago our founders gave us the middle name of Prevention for a good reason. It always has and always will be at the heart of everything we do.

The Road to Rational Detachment
01 The Road to Rational Detachment

Rational Detachment is "the ability to manage your own behavior and attitude and not take the behavior of others personally.” That's also being mindful: When we're consciously aware of what we're feeling and what we're projecting. Find out how getting lost on a road trip helped Aryn Lietzke put things into perspective!

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How to Set Limits
02 How to Set Limits

Setting effective limits is a powerful yet positive way to handle difficult situations. Download this free resource to help you help persons in your care manage their behavior.

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Episode 12: Maria Navone
03 Episode 12: Maria Navone

"I want staff to have faith that if they set a goal to help students who are acting out, to stick to it. Don't give up." Get Maria Navone's insight and tips from over 20 years of experience on how to mindfully manage student behavior:

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4 Calming Techniques for Kids and Adults
04 4 Calming Techniques for Kids and Adults

When you give and give, you struggle to find time for yourself as well. What if you could slow everything down? The kids in this video explain how!

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Behavior Is Communication
05 Behavior Is Communication

Behavior is communication--even with dementia and other cognitive disabilities. What has someone "said" to you today? Get tips for communicating through behavior, and use this meme to spread the message.

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Teaching Staff About the Causes of Explosive Behavior
06 Teaching Staff About the Causes of Explosive Behavior

What does a can of soda-pop have to do with handling someone’s behavior? Find out how this simple analogy can make us better partners to the persons we help and serve.

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How to Prevent Problem Behavior on Your Bus
07 How to Prevent Problem Behavior on Your Bus

Yes, you can ensure the safety of everyone on your school bus! Download this free guide to preventing and handling difficult behavior mindfully and safely.

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How the Primal Brain Affects Behavior
08 How the Primal Brain Affects Behavior

Have you got students who scream and vent? There's a way to handle the primal brain, and it starts with mindfulness:

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Episode 18: Jessica Minahan
09 Episode 18: Jessica Minahan

If children learn coping strategies as early as possible, we can actually change their future--even with kids from serious traumatic backgrounds. Jessica Minahan shares her theories:

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To Better Understand your Student
10 To Better Understand your Student

Want to understand your students better? Ask yourself, “What’s going on?” when they’re behaving! Spread the message with this meme:

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10 Tips for Defusing Problem Behavior
11 10 Tips for Defusing Problem Behavior

Crisis behaviors don’t become fires without sparks. You need to be mindful of the warning signs that tell you when a student’s behavior is escalating. Watch this video:

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How to Support Self-Regulation Across Disciplines
12 How to Support Self-Regulation Across Disciplines

Do you work with a child who has meltdowns, shutdowns, or breakdowns? Start building an empathic structure of support today! Download this free guide:

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Episode 20: Laurie Barkin
13 Episode 20: Laurie Barkin

When caring for people who experience trauma, we risk developing the same symptoms. This podcast teaches us to be mindful of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, and how to cope:

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Your Mind is a Garden
14 Your Mind is a Garden

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers…or you can grow weeds.” Spread this mindful message with this meme!

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Restraint Reduction With Positive Behavior Supports and CPI Training
15 Restraint Reduction With Positive Behavior Supports and CPI Training

"In our school, you’ll notice a calm and quiet atmosphere. This is because we’ve changed our thinking about how to handle violent student behavior." Learn how Doug Johnson and Jennifer Taylor incorporated school-wide positive behavior support:

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Debriefing Techniques: How to Use Them for Prevention
16 Debriefing Techniques: How to Use Them for Prevention

Therapeutic Rapport is essential to taking care of your staff when they deal with stressful or crisis situations. Learn how debriefing builds strength:

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4 Tips for De-Escalating Behavior
17 4 Tips for De-Escalating Behavior

Want to learn how to recognize the warning signs of crisis behavior at your workplace? Download this free guide and make your workplace safer for everyone:

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Here’s How You Can Manage Your Anger
18 Here’s How You Can Manage Your Anger

Being mindful gives you the chance to think constructively before acting destructively. The first step is noticing how you feel when you begin to get angry:

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I Am Only One
19 I Am Only One

We may sometimes feel that there’s no point in trying to make a difference, because we seem to be the only ones doing it. Yet we need to remember that even the smallest stone can cause a ripple effect that reaches further than we anticipated.

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Emotional Self Regulation: Techniques for Teaching
20 Emotional Self Regulation: Techniques for Teaching

Emotional self regulation means we can calm ourselves down and pick ourselves up. But it needs to be learned. Here’s how to teach this to students in need:

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Episode 22: Dr. Dorothy Espelage
21 Episode 22: Dr. Dorothy Espelage

Has “bullying” become just another buzzword? Here’s a different take on this epidemic, and how we can be mindful of naming behaviors what they truly are:

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How to Manage Passive-Aggressive Behavior in Your Classroom
22 How to Manage Passive-Aggressive Behavior in Your Classroom

Eye rolls, sighs, “Whatever”. . .what makes a person passive-aggressive? Learn how to build someone up and increase their self-awareness in this podcast:

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Be the Peace
23 Be the Peace

MLK challenged us to "Be the peace" that we are looking for in the world. Starting is as simple as being mindful, practicing positive behavior, and supporting others.

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Top 10 PBIS
24 Top 10 PBIS

Unsure of what to do when a patient acts out? Or when a child throws a tantrum? These Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies can provide you with the right tools for effective behavior management.

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Strategies for Parents to Cope With Children’s Difficult Behavior
25 Strategies for Parents to Cope With Children’s Difficult Behavior

If you don’t take time to recharge, you won’t have the energy to tackle problems that come up with your child. You say you have no time to relax? Try these tips:

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Staying Well When You Have a Mental Illness
26 Staying Well When You Have a Mental Illness

Mental illness affects overall physical health, and is often overlooked. Here are some thoughtful suggestions on how to help yourself or others be mindful and stay mentally healthy.

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8 Tips to Safely Manage Disruptive Patrons
27 8 Tips to Safely Manage Disruptive Patrons

Disruptive patrons at your library? Unsure how to maintain a peaceful and calm environment? Learn effective and positive behavior intervention strategies to maintain a safe environment for yourself and other patrons.

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The Surprising Way to Stay Safe From Fights
28 The Surprising Way to Stay Safe From Fights

Personal safety is about much more than just practicing safety skills like disengagement. Understanding safety requires cultivating a state of awareness. Here's how to do it:

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Love is All You Need
29 Love is All You Need

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that love was at the root of nonviolence and peace. Practice love and mindfulness, be an example to your loved ones and neighbors, and see how love can transform the world around you.

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Episode 29: Carleen Doucet
30 Episode 29: Carleen Doucet

When you have a school that practices full inclusion, you can have challenging students. Learn to recognize, manage, and de-escalate challenging behavior safely:

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10 Behavior Management Strategies for Educational Assistants & Paraprofessionals
31 10 Behavior Management Strategies for Educational Assistants & Paraprofessionals

When you’re in the presence of an escalated student, the first thing to realize is YOU can actively manage the crisis situation. How to act, not react:

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Over 17,000 facilities, 30,000 Certified Instructors, and 10 million trained professionals trust the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) to help create more confident and productive employees who leave a lasting positive impact on the people they serve. More than 35 years ago our founders gave us the middle name of Prevention for a good reason. It always has and always will be at the heart of everything we do.