In a special meeting of Advisory on March 26th, seventh and eighth-grade students at UMS investigated mindfulness as a technique to be used for alleviating stress. Along with their advisors, groups identified stress as a body’s reaction to a challenge or demand that might drive us to complete tasks, but that may also cause us frustration or tension. Students thought about personal stressors and ways they might be able to reduce the amount of stress in their lives through techniques such as visualization, meditation, journaling, breathing exercises, and games. Advisors and students then explored a virtual calming room that provided information related to activities that may help us to focus and feel more emotionally collected and happy, even when we are facing challenges.
Through this exploration, seventh and eighth-grade students discovered a multitude of resources related to visualization, mindfulness, music and sound, journaling, and creative ways to destress. UMS Bulldogs are all in on working through our stressors and finding ways to feel successful in all aspects of our lives. Visit the calming room and join us on our journey: