They may only be 5 and 6 years old, but the Sunbird students are already training their brains to be mindful!

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In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to miss the simple things going on around us. Sometimes we go through the motions of the day without ever being fully present. Our minds are usually occupied with worries, distractions and our mental ‘to do’ lists. Mindfulness, in contrary, is about developing a moment-by-moment awareness of ones thoughts, emotions, body sensations and surrounding environment.

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Practicing mindfulness is an important skill for coping with the stresses and strains of the 21st century. Just a few mindful minutes each day can help children regulate their emotions, develop self-awareness and improve their focus.

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Of course, like everything we do down at Sunbird, mindfulness activities are tailored to be full of fun! We pretend to be superheroes and activate our ‘spidey senses’ to see how our bodies are feeling, we use stuffed animals as ‘breathing buddies’ to watch the rise and fall of our tummies and we roleplay blowing up balloons to practice inhaling and exhaling slowly.

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You’d think that getting a bunch of rambunctious pre-schoolers to be still would be a difficult task, but our children have learnt to enjoy these moments of quiet reflection. Mastering mindfulness at such a young age is sure to stand these precious little ones in great stead as they move on to big school and beyond!

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