Twice a day, after break times, we engage in mindfulness. Neuroscience has found that our brains are constantly changing and being re-shaped. The focus of our awareness determines which networks are strengthened so if we turn our attention to being calm, focussed and positive this is what will grow. Our take-a-breather time allows awareness to be enhanced through being mindful. When practising mindfulness the amygdala (the fear centre of the brain) shrinks and there is a decrease in production of the stress hormone, cortisol. Mindfulness and meditation also supports emotional regulation, improves creativity, empathy and enhances mood. So this technique can be used not just at school, but students can transfer this strategy into other situations in their everyday lives.
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