Introducing The Mindfulness Curriculum

Today we’re excited to tell everyone about a new initiative we have been working quietly on for the last 12 months. We can’t keep it behind closed doors anymore, it’s time to tell everyone about it. It’s a project central to the heart of why Smiling Mind exists – to help every mind thrive.  

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Four Tips To Set Yourself Up For a Mindful Year at Work

It’s a shock to the system isn’t it? Many of us find ourselves struggling with the return to work after a holiday period with friends, family and in most cases sand and sunshine! But this time of year also has the wonderful quality of turning our minds to what is important to us and what we aspire to. Were you as mindful as you wanted to be last year? How can we ensure we practice mindfulness as we shift gears into ‘work mode’ for 2018? 

Brett Archer is the Capability Development Lead at the Special Broadcasting Service and he gives us the inside word on setting yourself up for a mindful year at work.

Here's Brett accepting an award at the Australian HR Awards for Best Leadership Development Program 2017.

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A thank-you from our CEO

As 2017 comes to a close it’s a great time to reflect and acknowledge all of the achievements of the past year. Gratitude is a much talked about practice, with known positive benefits on mental health and wellbeing - and this year Smiling Mind has a lot to be grateful for. It’s been a very successful year for us and we could not have achieved it without the support of many different people and organisations.

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Leaders Are Responsible for Giving Staff Tools for Work and Life

Andy started his own mindfulness journey 3-years ago.

He noticed the benefits it was having in his own life, so he reached out to Smiling Mind to find a mindfulness, workplace solution for his staff.

As a leader, Andy believes he has a responsibility to provide his staff with the tools to be successful at both work and in life.

You can read Andy's story below or find out how to book a workshop for your own staff here: http://bit.ly/2yiP0I9 

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Top 10 Tips for Taking Care of Your Mind During Exam Time

Exam time can be an extremely difficult time for secondary school students, parents, and also teachers.

The next few weeks for Australian students will be full of emotion - stress, anxiety, and perhaps relief - but it’s really important that a few key steps are taken to take care of your mind.

A regular mindfulness practise can help you manage the pressure while sharpening your mind.

Here's Smiling Mind's top 10 tips for taking care of your mind during this exam time.

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Create a Mindful Work Culture and Attract the Best Talent

It's that time of the year when the sun finally comes out and the days start to become much longer. This also causes many people to question how they are feeling about their current job. Are they with the right employer? Are the following their passion? Are they looking after their mental wellbeing?

Melbourne recruiter and founder of Agency Iceburg, Anna O'Dea, reflects on why wellbeing needs to be a priority in the workplace and gives us her top 5 tips on what the modern employer needs to be doing to create a mindful culture that attracts the best talent.

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There Are So Many Ways To Find 10 minutes For Your Mind

Today, the 10th October, is World Mental Health day. It’s a good day to reflect on the importance of raising awareness of the impact that mental illness has on almost 50% of our population and opening up a conversation to try and reduce the stigma that most people experience. 

Hear from Smiling Mind CEO Dr Addie Wootten on taking 10 minutes to reflect on your own mental wellbeing.

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We've Joined Forces With Smiling Mind To Change Business For Good

As a communications provider, Virgin Mobile is in the business of connecting people through the power of mobile. But we know that being constantly connected can lead to feelings of digital overload and even disconnection from our friends, family, experiences and the world around us. 

As a Virgin business, I believe that we have a responsibility not just to sell products, but to also change business for good. That’s why we’ve joined forces with the team at Smiling Mind on their mission to deliver app-based mindfulness programs and modern meditation to everyday Aussies.

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Mindfulness Works Best With A Whole School Approach

Implementing a whole school mindfulness approach takes time, but the key to sustainability - as told to us by the Smiling Mind community - is getting everyone on board. Research shows that a whole school approach leads to more positive student outcomes such as optimisim (for teachers and students), social-emotional competence and reduced anxiety for teachers. 

Our community shared with us their best tips to getting your whole school on board. Read on to hear what they had to say.

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Remember to Be A More Mindful Dad This Father's Day

It's Father's Day in Australia this weekend, but becoming a ‘Mindful Dad’ doesn't happen overnight.

But when you consciously decide to become a more mindful father, these experiences become the very fabric of your being.

Our resident 'Dad' at Smiling Mind, Todd, wants to remind all dads out there to make sure they drink in every experience with with their child.

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Here's One Must Have Breathing Exercise For Every Tradie's Toolkit

Tradies in hi-vis, hard hats and boots practicing mindfulness – doesn’t sound like your typical construction site, but with high risk activities and constant pressure to perform, the construction site is one of the most important places for mindfulness.

Pip Seldon from The Healthy Tradie Project gives us one breathing exercise every trade should try as Tradies National Health month wraps up again for another year.

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Love is Love: We Are for Equality

As an organisation championing positive, proactive approaches to mental health and wellbeing for everyone we think it’s important to acknowledge and support those who might be feeling marginalised, or discriminated against during this public debate about marriage equality in Australia.

Love is Love.

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Want a More Mindful Culture at Work? For Vinomofo, It Starts At The Top

Named in the top 25 places in Australia to work in 2016, Melbourne-based Vinomofo has gone from an organisation that first and foremost sells wine online, to a place that grows and cares about people.

We spoke to their Head of Culture, Mikey Ellis, a former teacher that presides over a mindful company culture which places emotional wellbeing of its staff at the forefront of business achievement.

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Tips from High School Teachers About Classroom Mindfulness

High school can be a challenging time for our kids. There’s so much change and transition happening physically and emotionally for high school students. They’re dealing with the pressures of exams, homework, puberty, personal issues, bullying and in some cases depression. To help high school teachers on the Smiling Mind journey, we decided to find out how some of the teachers within our community already use our app and programs.

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Top Six Mindfulness Tips For Primary Teachers

Primary school teachers are busy. Really busy. So using Smiling Mind in the classroom or embedding a mindful culture at school can be a tough process for some teachers to navigate. We decided to speak to some of the teachers from our community who use our app to find out their top tips and tricks for what works best in a Primary School setting.

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Mindfulness, it can make Monday's better

Paul Taylor is the Executive Creative Director at M&C Saatchi in Melbourne.

M&C Saatchi work with the team at Smiling Mind to tell our stories to the world. And we love them for it.

So, naturally, like a lot of workplaces they needed an introduction into exactly what we are all about.

Here’s Paul’s take on introducing mindfulness to his workplace and why Monday’s don’t suck anymore.

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