Still Mind is a 5 week program that teaches students to meditate, be mindful and improve emotional regulation. It is structured so that teaches can integrate meditation, relaxation and mindfulness into their lesson schedule. It also includes hypnotherapy to help students to release negative emotions and create states of happiness, peace and focus for students. The program is for both primary and secondary students and is tailored to individual class needs.
The program is based on 5 key elements.
Gratitude: When students focus their attention and awareness on being thankful it creates a state of wellbeing. Research suggests that being grateful can rewire thinking so that being positive becomes more automatic. This has great benefit for students in class, during social time and in external environments.
Optimism: Students are taught skills in positive thinking and to assess their thinking so they can become the master of their mind and emotions. They learn how thoughts, feelings and behaviour co-relate and how they can change their thinking to increase optimism.
Clarity: Students are taught hypnosis and relaxation techniques so that they can have more clarity and focus in their day. These techniques help them to release stress and build positive energy in their bodies. Dependent on age group, students are taught about their brain development, how this impacts their emotions and learning and how they can apply this knowledge to have clearer thinking and greater self-awareness.
Peace: The benefits of meditation and relaxation are well-documented. Evidence suggests it can support students to more effectively regulate their emotions, increase resilience and self esteem. Meditation also increases concentration, supporting students to learn more efficiently and remember information with ease. Students are taught skills in mediation and relaxation so they can apply them in times of need. Classes are provided with recordings so that the teacher can integrate mediation and relaxation into their class each day.
Joy: Students are taught emotional regulation techniques so that they can manage their feelings and become better problem solvers. The program helps students to focus on their positive attributes and become aware of how this improves their performance.
See data below from past Still Mind Programs.
Of the Upper Primary students:
92% reported the program helped them to relax
61% reported the program helped them to meditate
38% reported the program helped them to make friends
84% reported that the program helped them to think positively
76% reported that the program helped them learn to feel happier
Of the Junior Primary students:
89% reported the program helped them to relax
79% reported the program helped them to understand their feelings
68% reported the program helped them to make friends
89% reported that the program helped them to be happy
78% reported that the program helped them to be thankful
The program is self-sustaining for classes and on-going. Teachers have embraced the practice so much so they are continuing to use the relaxation recordings and principles in their classrooms. A month after the program was completed, 100% of teachers were continuing to use the program within their classes.