Creating Positive Change for Tamariki

Parents say they are worried about their children’s mental health. There is a mind health programme available free to all junior schools. Independent research shows mind health programme Pause Breathe Smile is delivering real results for tamariki Marked improvement in focus, perseverance, helpfulness and self-motivation Marked decline in apprehension, anxiety and pessimism With 63[1] per cent of New Zealand parents …

Whole School Approach

Pause Breathe Smile is a mind health programme designed to equip children aged five to 12 with tools to manage the ups and downs of life and set them up for a healthy future. Delivered in schools, by teachers, it is aligned with the New Zealand curriculum and fully funded by Southern Cross. More than 6,500 teachers throughout New Zealand …

Breathing with Fatigue: The Impacts of Covid on New Zealand Teachers and how mindfulness can help

Ask any teacher about wellbeing over the last few years and chances are, they’ll quickly describe the many challenges their learners face: disrupted routines, anxiety about Covid, decreased social interactions, and negative impacts on learning outcomes. But what about teacher wellbeing? It’s impossible to separate student wellbeing from teacher wellbeing because schools are communities, and the classroom is a microcosm …

Mindfulness and Teacher Wellbeing

Teaching is a complex and demanding job involving many unique pressures and challenges. Although there are, no doubt, many rewarding and inspiring features associated with teaching, such demands and pressures also have the potential to cause significant stress. As we know, high levels of ongoing stress can be detrimental to wellbeing, and if left unaddressed in occupational settings, this can …

Working with Pause Breathe Smile – A teacher’s perspective

Rebecca Lock works with the Horowhenua Kāhui Ako as an across schoolteacher. She has been delivering the Pause Breathe Smile wellbeing programme since 2019 and did an inquiry into the impact on the students that same year. We’ve asked Rebecca to share her thoughts on the training and delivery of this programme to help inform others. “I remember the feeling after [training], …

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating

Mindful eating is one of the core practices of Pause Breathe Smile. When we eat mindfully, we bring all of our noticing to this everyday activity, intentionally paying attention to the many moment-to-moment sensations, thoughts, and emotions that are part of the eating experience. The practice of mindful eating is a way to bring awareness and presence into an activity …

Gratitude Practice

Mindful Movements

Gratitude practice is a core component of the Pause Breathe Smile programme. Practising gratitude regularly helps us to more frequently notice and feel appreciative of the everyday things in life, including things that we may take for granted, such as the sunshine, a morning coffee, or our health. Often, when times get tough, we can start to focus on all …

Mindful Movements

Gratitude Practice

Mindful movements are a core component of Pause Breathe Smile. Practising mindful movements simply means bringing our full, whole-hearted attention to the body as we move. The practice of “being where our feet are” creates an anchor for the wandering mind, providing the opportunity to rein in scattered attention and settle more easefully into the present, where the body is …