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What is The Shine Journal? 

The SHINE Mindfulness Journal for Kids© is a fun, interactive journal that contains rich character-building exercises along with daily journal pages to bring out the best in your child. The Journal pages and activities are short, colorful, and engaging. They are designed to help kids learn kindness and gratitude as well as develop strategies to calm, focus and decrease anxiety while also having a positive mindset toward themselves. The journal helps kids be happy, enjoy life, improve overall well-being.... and SHINE!

 

What is Mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness is about being in the moment, in the present. It is about paying attention to things in a calm, relaxed way. It is to really notice and be open to what you are doing, whether that is sitting quietly, playing, working on a project, etc. Mindfulness promotes an understanding of yourself, your capabilities, and your emotions and can help kids cope with everyday stressors. 

 

Please note, we may all still experience stressful or upsetting events and situations; however, practicing mindfulness can help make those times shorter and less severe.

In what areas can mindfulness the SHINE journal help my child?

 

Below are just some of the ways the SHINE journal and mindfulness can help your child:

 

  • Gratitude

  • Kindness

  • Positive self talk

  • Calming

  • Decreased anxiety and stress

  • Increased self-awareness

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Regulation of emotions

  • Self-control

  • Overall mental health

  • Better sleep

  • Increased attention/focus

  • Improve social skills

  • Improve body image

  • Improve life skills

  • Being present, in the moment

  • Improves cognitive skills

  • Improves memory

 

 

How do I complete the SHINE Journal:

The shine journal takes just a few minutes a day…or more if you want it to. It is designed to do every day. It can be done in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, or split up into a couple of times during the day. Just pick a time of day that works best.

 

Inside there are Daily pages that have simple fill-in-the-blanks with gratitude and kindness prompts and a circle my emotions emoji chart. Throughout the journal, there are Activity pages sprinkled in throughout each week. The activities are short, fun activities that are good for calming, self-reflection, positivity, focus, memory, as well as kindness and gratitude. Many of the activities can be repeated often. They are great tools or techniques to implement into daily life, especially before perceived stressors such as before a test, a tryout, dentist appointment, etc. The journal also includes Weekly Planners and Weekly Activities Calendars to help with organization and developing independence. One is more schedule-based to fill in activities for the week, and the other gives fun suggested ideas to do each day of the week. There are a few pages labeled My Thoughts that give space to free draw and write. Additionally, we have added affirmations and positive posters on the back of some pages to tear out and hang on the wall.

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SHINE School Edition is here!!!!

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See What is Inside... 

Download some of the pages from the SHINE journal here - Click on the image below to download the PDF file.

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