If mindfulness is not your thing, it will be after this presentation.
It’s true, in the past few years, the idea of meditation and mindfulness in schools has suffered from a PR problem. Whilst meditation is historically associated with traditional Buddhist religious practices, modern mindfulness techniques have adapted to changing life-styles. The 'OM' is on the out and is being replaced with a NEED to practice a concept that reflects the modern lifestyle.
I would even like to say here, that needing to switch a device on to meditate or be in a mindful moment is perhaps a little outdated. We shouldn't be adding to our 3 hours per day screen time, or using mindfulness as a way to add to our 2617 times of pinching and tapping our displays. Perhaps it's time to switch that device off for a few moments, the one we unlock, swipe right, notifies us constantly. It's time to stop the scroll and focus inward for a few fleeting moments a day, to focus on our breathing, focus on what went well in our morning, rather than being carried by the digital wind each day. Perhaps it time to access the 'smart' part of our brain rather than our 'smart' devices to build our mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness increases health and wellbeing, and reduces stress and anxiety. Small changes and simple mindfulness techniques can make a big impact to our busy lifestyles. Modern living: smartphones, 24/7 access to devices, being over-scheduled, access to information at a touch of a button, and increasingly high expectations of ourselves and others, put us all at a baseline state of chronic stress.
Research has demonstrated that a mindfulness practice increases our neural pathways’ ability to easily access our prefrontal cortex. When we are in what our brain perceives as a distressing situation, our brain can access its executive functions and higher thinking abilities if we have strengthened these neural pathways through simple mindfulness practices. Amazing right?
Simply, when we are stressed, we cannot easily access the “smart part” of our brain. We get stuck in a perpetual cycle of fight or flight, we’re reactive rather than responsive and we operate out of our amygdala or what we refer to as the “alarm part“ of our brain.
There is a better way....
When we teach children mindfulness skills early on,
they are more resilient and have the capacity to live happier, healthier and more productive lives.
This presentation is aimed at teachers, parents, and community health organisations with a focus on children's wellbeing. It explores the current mental health issues faced by children and explores the staggering statistics from the 2015 Commonwealth Australia report.
Audiences will come away from this talk with the ability to think clearly. They will understand the current mental health statistics affecting our children and learn 3 key mindfulness habits that they can implement in schools and homes, in under 2 minutes daily.
- Have a sound understanding of the issues around mental health in primary aged children.
- Receive the most up to date information on the current state of mental health in Australia.
- Strategies to implement mindfulness in schools, which don't require significant time, resources or changes to the existing curriculum
- Techniques that enable teachers to support a positive growth mindset.
Teachers are supplied with a Certificate of Completion, which can contribute to their VIT PD Hours.
$375 per 60 minutes.