Stu­dents urged to be mind­ful

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WITH child anx­i­ety at an all-time high, it’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly more im­por­tant for stu­dents to re­main mind­ful, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing a po­ten­tially stress­ful school day.

Mind­ful­ness can help re­duce stress in day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties. Mind­ful­ness is the act of re­main­ing present in a sit­u­a­tion with­out stress­ing about fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties or past wor­ries.

Ac­cord­ing to CEO of Smil­ing Mind, Dr Ad­die Woot­ten, prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness can en­hance stu­dents’ abil­ity to per­form aca­dem­i­cally.

“The fu­ture of work will rely on our abil­ity to adapt, in­no­vate and work cre­atively with­out de­fined bor­ders or even sta­ble workspaces,” Dr Woot­ten said in a state­ment.

Sup­port for mind­ful­ness pro­grams in school cur­ricu­lum has grown in Aus­tralia over the last five years, ac­cord­ing to Dr Woot­ten.

The doc­tor be­lieves that mind­ful­ness and de-stress­ing prac­tices “un­der­pin es­sen­tial so­cial and emo­tional learn­ing”.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

RE­MAIN CALM: Staff and stu­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to re­main mind­ful in school.

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