'Mindfulness' means paying attention to the present moment. Practising mindfulness can help kids cope with everyday life and deal with tough times.
At Winters Flat Primary School, we practice mindfulness in the classroom through the Smiling Mind Education Program, a mindfulness-based program that supports the development of positive mental health and wellbeing.
The program has been designed for primary and secondary aged children and has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of government and non-government schools with positive results.
Practicising mindfulness can assist with:
- managing stress,
- developing emotional resilience,
- enhancing creativity,
- enhancing decision making and problem solving, and
- a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.
Mindfulness at home
Research has shown that involving the whole community – teachers, parents and students – is the most effective way to gain the long-lasting benefits of mindfulness.
You can also use the Smiling Mind mindfulness program at home for free. Click here to down the free app.