Welcome to Week 1 of ‘Building Blocks for Wellbeing’
Building Blocks for Wellbeing is a new initiative which aims to support youth workers through weekly mindfulness practices and activities. Building Blocks for Wellbeing is not a training or a substitute to meditation/mindfulness training but additional support to assist the ongoing wellbeing of youth workers both at this unprecedented time, and long after Covid-19.
This week’s activity: Stop, Pause, Connect.
During the last few weeks, it has been brought to our attention that there is anxiety for key workers around not being able to meet with the young people as they normally do. Also, for some of the young people the difficulty of even making contact by phone. As a result, we want to provide you with a practice that can be used to support you.
Stop Pause Connect is a small practice to support the youth worker prior to contacting the young person.
So often we are running from one task to another. During these times you also have the added pressure of juggling home and work life in the same instant. This practice is to allow us to take a moment, gathering ourselves and our attention, so we are fully present. Also bringing to the forefront of our mind the young person in question. As for many we are missing the face to face contact and the visual cues of the person we are dealing with, this small practice will help us focus on the task in hand and the person.
The practice is approximately 3-minutes in duration and can be used before, during or after you make the call or try and connect with that young person.
The practice is not a training but can be used by youth workers with no prior experience of meditation or mindfulness and by youth workers who have already taken part in previous mindfulness programmes like: Caring for the Carers.
Listen to Stop Pause Connect:
Building Blocks for Wellbeing’ is our weekly email initiative delivering short, timely supports you can use at a moment that suits you directly into your inbox. If you haven’t done so yet, you can sign up here.