One area of significantly increased focus within learning communities over recent times has been the psychological wellbeing of their students and staff. Decisions around resourcing, curriculum, special programs, whole school models and the like, have been made to provide a means to support and guide people to a better understanding and empowerment of their own and community wellbeing. An often embedded element is the ‘happiness’ or ‘positive emotions’ state. Over time, through reflection and experience, and encounters with the thoughts and works of a number of educators and psychologists, it has become increasing apparent that attention to a broader and deeper application of the mind in wellbeing is required. Understanding how the mind works and developing habits and skills to healthily engage with the wide and varied experience of life is an important key to overall wellbeing.
This year, Cornerstone College has been fortunate to begin working with Dr Tom Nehmy, with a focus on healthy minds. There has been an intentional emphasis on recognising and practicing the habits that will better enable students, as Tom stresses, to:
- Be resilient in the face of stress
- Demonstrate flexibility in the way they think and respond to change
- Have balance in their view of the world: a combination of being positive in attitude but also realistic in their thinking
- Make helpful decisions consistently
- Manage emotional impulses
- View messages from the media (including social media) with a critical eye
- Cultivate self-compassion, not just self-esteem
Having positive emotions and being happy are important, but there is so much more that contributes to a healthy mind.
If you would like to learn a little more about The Healthy Minds Program, click on the link below to hear Dr Tom Nehmy and Cornerstone College Middle School Learning Leader, Matthew Pearce, chat to Mel Dee on PowerFM.
You may also like to visit The Healthy Minds website: