Susan Parr, HMS Social Worker, has been educating our students, staff and district about the benefits of Mindfulness for several years. She leads the HMS Mindfulness Club, visits classrooms to share a variety of Mindfulness techniques, breathing exercises and activities, and meets with interested staff members weekly to continue this education.
Susan describes Mindfulness as paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, and without judgement. Studies show that using Mindfulness has numerous benefits, including decreased stress, anxiety, and depression while increasing focus, concentration and emotional regulation.
Earlier this winter Susan invited HMS parents to attend a Mindfulness presentation to learn about the concept and explore the variety of practices that parents can use for themselves and/or with family.
Thanks to Olivia Bailey, Izabel Cox-Faxon, and Maddie Miles for sharing their wealth of knowledge during this presentation. Additionally, thanks to both the Mindfulness Club and the 8th grade Mindfulness lunch group for serving on the panel, answering questions and sharing their personal experiences on how Mindfulness has helped them in Middle School.