Mindfulness matters for Grill'd burger eaters in August
BURGER chain Grill'd has been responsible for plenty of happy bellies across the Coast, but now it can claim "smiling minds" thanks to an August initiative that will benefit local schools, sporting clubs and overall community wellbeing.
The in-store charity jars at Grill'd Kawana Shoppingworld and Sunshine Plaza will feature the names of state schools in Buddina and Maroochydore, as well as cricket clubs in Caloundra and Maroochydore.
At the end of the month, Grill'd will count up the customers' tokens and hand over either $300 (first) or $100 (second) worth of resources from not-for-profit Smiling Mind.
The organisation is working with Grill'd on the Mindfulness Matters program, designed to encourage people to take time to make more mindful decisions for the wellbeing of mind and body. Smiling Mind has a raft of web and app-based resources to help bring balance to young lives through meditation.
Buddina State School guidance counsellor Fiona Greer is familiar with Smiling Mind. She has created a wellbeing community around the school, complete with Buddina State School WELLbeing HUB Facebook page. She runs a guided relaxation classes and mindfulness program as well as a children's yoga program called Young Yogis.
"We are quite thrilled to be invited to be a part of it, it was quite special really," she said. "Smiling Mind's objective is to encourage all Australians to be mindful about their mental and physical health. And if we do well as part of this campaign, we are up for some fabulous resources from them. Being mindful and learning how to take care of oneself is hugely important."
There is a learning and wellbeing framework as part of the Education Queensland curriculum.
But she said even if it wasn't in the curriculum, mindfulness skills were important for a happy life.
"There is quite robust research now showing that promoting wellbeing and mindfulness in our mental and physical health in turn enhances children's learning capability, being able to cope with difficult times, being able to calm oneself, learning it's ok to be still and have a quiet mind.
"The kids really enjoy it, and the parents and teachers notice the children gaining some skills like flexibility, self-control, respect for others, kindness and how to live a balanced life."
Go to www.smilingmind.com.auThe STUDENTS SAID ...
Willow: "I really enjoyed yoga. I was going through some difficult times with some friends and it helped calm my thoughts. I also went back to class very happy."
Steel: "The first time we did guided relaxation I really liked it and the second time I found it harder. I know that's ok. We are learning to focus on one thing and that's called mindfulness."
Grace: "We have been learning how to relax and do belly breathing so that we can be calm when times are tough. We are learning how to focus and slow our minds."