MBA OKULLARI DERGİSİ – AKTİF Sonbahar 2019

An efficient model in counseling: The counseling teachers of MBA Schools have received a Mindfulness training of 30 hours in order to increase their students’ skills in awareness, attention, emotion, thought management and friendship. In this scope, the students exercise for Mindfulness one hour a week with the counseling instructors. You may find below the article on the subject written by the Counseling Coordinator of MBA Schools, Serpil Yilmaz Karagulle: Mindfulness We care about the awareness skills of our children at MBA Schools. Awareness of an individual should start by awareness of his/her own body. We believe that it is the self-awareness that enables transitioning to social awareness. The counseling teachers of MBA have received a Mindfulness training of 30 hours in order to increase their students’ skills in awareness, attention, emotion, thought management and friendship. All the activities in the counseling classes will be carried out within the technique. It is scientifically proved that Mindfulness improves physical and psychological awareness. So Mindfulness, which is recognized all over the world, forms the basis of our coun- seling approach. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is to watch and be aware of the events without judging or reacting, but by accepting them as they are, with empathy and atten- tion. Contrary to the assumptions, it is not immortalizing the moment, but it is about gaining mindfulness about the emotions and thoughts like what is going on and how we feel. What are the benefits? Mindfulness helps children as much as it helps adults to overcome anxieties and stress in addition to the comfort and peace it brings. Regular mindfulness exercises are very beneficial in concentration of the children. It helps hyperactive, stressed and distracted children to unwind and relax. It helps children in taking self-control, being aware of their emotions and for their management skills. Cleansing the mind from busy, tiring and complex thoughts is an efficient way to help the children regain their creative potential. These exercises facilitate for children to get into a peaceful state of mind, to prepare for challenging processes, to strengthen their immune system, to enhance their sportive performance and many other subjects. Scientific studies have shown that the mindfulness training supports learning, emotional intelligence and overall happiness. Mindfulness exercises Our students make mindfulness exercises under the supervision of counseling instructors for 1 hour a week. The exercises we choose are mindfulness activities prepared for the age-group level of the students. We make mindfulness exercises centered on breathing, body, 5 senses, emotions, thoughts and social life. We might explain their benefits as follows: Breathing : We can balance our stress level, scale of anger, anxiety. Body : We may increase self-awareness, relax muscles and transition to a relaxed mode, as well as facilitate relaxing in active conditions. 5 senses : We can learn to see, eat, hear/listen, smell and touch with care. Emotions : We can enable increase in emotional awareness, knowing the emotions and expressing the emotions. Thoughts : We can ensure increase in acknowledging / being aware of our thoughts. Social life : We can learn to listen well and improve our friendship skills. 27

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