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With over fifteen years teaching experience I've come to see issues such as anxiety and depression becoming an enormous burden on the lives of our young people. After witnessing the impact that anxiety and depression can have I understand the importance of addressing this rapidly growing issue.
Having completed a degree in psychology, embarked upon my MSc and gained certification from mindfulschools.org I can now see that there are numerous ways that we can teach our children to face challenging emotions in proactive and healthy ways.
I am committed to helping others navigate their way through our fast paced world with a sense of acceptance, contentment and the knowledge that they can handle any obstacle they come across.
Mindfulness refers to paying attention to our present experience in a way that helps us to respond rather than react to difficult situations. It is a sense of inner-stillness and calm that is always available to us, even when our life or circumstances feel uncontrollable and chaotic. It is possible to be mindful of everything in our experience including what we experience through our senses, as well as our thoughts and emotions.
Our emotions are constantly changing. Difficult emotions like anger, stress, fear and anxiety release chemicals in the brain that can make it difficult to learn, and can also make us react, say and do things that we know we shouldn't. By practicing mindfulness we learn to create a mental space when a stimulus occurs so we can replace impulsive reactions with thoughtful responses.
Connections Paihia provides workshops and individualised coaching sessions which help both children and adults understand the way in which the brain responds to a range of stimuli. These classes help participants to discover simple yet effective techniques that enable them to regulate their emotional responses, enhance their ability to focus and therefore encourage positive behaviour, enhanced self esteem and a happier approach to life.
Mindfulness teaches us that we can't stop the waves of emotion and change that are an inevitable part of life but we can learn to ride them. We all have the ability to ride the waves of life without being knocked down and tossed about, mindfulness gives us the mental stability to maintain our balance and remain grounded in the face of anything.