Seabury students learn to stop and breathe when life gets stressful

Seabury School students focus on their breathing

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The practice of mindfulness has been around for a long time, but it’s been getting a lot of attention in recent years for its ability to reduce stress, increase creativity, prevent workplace burnout, help treat post traumatic stress syndrome and much more.
 
Even more recently, the practice of mindfulness is gaining recognition in education as an effective tool for increasing attention, focus, happiness and positive social /emotional development.

Sol Riou, LCSW and Mindful Schools trainer, is teaching mindfulness to the staff, students and parents of Tacoma's Seabury School. 

Sol has tailored the Mindful Schools program to Seabury’s students, teaching lessons on gratitude, calm, focus and concentration over an eight week period this  fall.  She has also done inservice trainings for teachers and is teaching an evening workshop for parents.

Students, teachers and parents are all learning to “stop and breathe” when faced with stressful situations, when  feeling angry, and when they need to focus on something important.

“Children don’t feel like they have a lot of power and choice in the world. But they have total control over their brain. Mindfulness gives them the skills to learn to control their thoughts and emotions,” Riou says.

“Teachers get excited about children learning mindfulness skills because it increases their ability to focus and creates a kinder, more compassionate classroom culture.”

Seabury School is an independent school in Tacoma serving gifted children
from prekindergarten through eighth grade. For information: www.seabury.org

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