Last Wednesday we had our annual mindfulness evening. It was an opportunity to come together as a community and share stories, mindfulness techniques and wear pyjamas to school. Let's take a quick journey into mindfulness and why it is important for us to practise.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mode of attention that is characterised by openness, acceptance and an enhanced ability to respond to the present moment. By being mindful, we gain a clearer understanding of how our thoughts and emotions impact on our health and quality of life.
This ties to positive health which looks to support students in developing sustainable habits for optimal physical and psychological health. We know that practising mindfulness and resilience techniques will promote greater health outcomes.
We have been talking a lot about ways we can bring ourselves back to our thinking brain when we start to feel emotions that make it hard for us to think. Identifying those moments when we need to take some times for ourselves to refocus can help us manage our learning spaces and our social interactions.
A look at our mindfulness evening
We were very lucky to have some amazing parents share stories that are special to their whanau. Thank you to all the parents and big sisters who shared stories and mindfulness techniques.
We also got up and moving with some star wars yoga. You will find the video we used below as well as the link here
Movement can often be a good way to help refocus our brains. We often get moving in the morning to wake up our brains and get ready for learning.
Thanks to everyone who came and made the evening so special. It is great to share our learning with you all and have an opportunity to learn from you.
I encourage everyone to explore what helps them relax and spend some time practising some mindfulness activities for themselves.