I am Jessica Brittani, a mindfulness mentor. I guide students with tips and tricks on mindfulness, mindset and movement.
I was a preschool teacher and worked for many years as an after-school teacher in elementary schools. I’ve has traveled to Thailand and India to teach English as a second language as a volunteer.
In my teacher times, I experienced many child breakdowns because mom/dad said they were picking them up at 3pm and it is now 3:01, they forgot their lunch in the classroom, and many more reasons children’s lives coming crashing down on them. Breathing exercises was my go-to for these moments and it’s incredible how well it worked.
For years I used mindfulness exercises in the classrooms and saw the amazing benefits which how Calm & Colorful was created.
July 2018, I published an interactive coloring book that teaches children breathing exercises called Breathe In Color.
Creating this coloring book about breathing helped me when it came to grieving for my father. With mindfulness, I was able to handle a very difficult situation and find gratitude.
I offer to travel to schools around the world. In classrooms and assembly settings I guide children to become more mindful of the present moment while building life skills.
I use play, videos, and stories to teach these lessons. Children walk away feeling more calm, aware and confident using these tools on a daily basis and tying them into their curriculum.
My main focus is breathing exercises. Each child gets a sample copy of Breathe In Color and get to color with me (the author) while I lead “breathing breaks” so we practice these skills together.
A few other main topics that are focused are gratitude, self-love, resilience, and growth mindset.
These tools that I share help the children in the classroom and at home. As well as calmer and more collected teachers having calmer students.
Children have their “stuff” and so do teachers, it is easy to bring our “stuff” into the classroom (as a child or teacher), but with mindfulness tools and being in the present moment we (children and teachers) are able to handle difficult situations better.
Building these skills while children are not feeling any negative feelings, helps them know what to do when negative feelings do come.