Thursday, 30 June 2016

"If you know the art of breathing, you have the strength, wisdom and courage of ten tigers." ~ Chinese Adage

On Monday, Carmen (a school based mental health nurse) came to talk to each class about mental health. That means how to look after our thoughts and feelings - our well being. She teaches people skills so they don't get unwell. They use these skills to keep their minds healthy and well. 

We explored lots of different 'feeling' words: afraid, tired, angry, jealous, stressed, hurt, scared, uncomfortable, comfortable, happy, sad, anxious, frustrated, petrified, worried, excited, proud, disgusted and name a few!

Carmen was here to teach us a skill that helps us with these three feelings: worried, angry and scared.

When we feel these things, our body goes into: Flight, Fight or Freeze. That means our muscles get tense, our breathing gets quick, we do things without thinking, our heart beats faster, our stomach cramps up and we get a bit of an adrenaline rush. 

Carmen taught us how to breathe properly. We took slow, quiet breaths. We took about 10 breaths. This relaxed our bodies. You have to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. 

It's important to practise breathing like this when we are calm, so when we are not thinking clearly then it becomes automatic and we know how to do it. 

Rimu Class thought a good time to practise would be while reading a book, sitting in the car, watching TV, before going to sleep at night or waking up in the morning.
                                                                                                     By Ariana, Year 6. 

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