ARIZONA NEWS

Tempe school’s ‘mindfulness room’ helps students with stress, anxiety

Sep 12, 2019, 4:55 AM | Updated: Sep 13, 2019, 3:28 pm

(KTAR News/Griselda Zetino)...

(KTAR News/Griselda Zetino)

(KTAR News/Griselda Zetino)

TEMPE — Students at Corona del Sol High School aren’t just being taught English, math and science. They also have the option of learning about mindfulness.

“Mindfulness is the awareness of thoughts, feelings and emotions in the present moment without harmful judgement,” said Lauri Pagano, the school’s social worker.

She added that mindfulness helps people focus on the present instead of living in the past or worrying about things that may or may not happen in the future.

Corona del Sol students can learn more about this by visiting the “mindfulness room” on campus. It’s filled with a variety of comfy chairs and couches as well as bean bags and round cushion pads that go on the floor.

Students go there to relieve stress and anxiety.

Pagano said many students use it as a space where they can go for help dealing with issues such as “the drama they encounter on social media, the pressures to perform and anxieties about taking tests and quizzes.”

This year, the Tempe Union High School District is opening a mindfulness room at each of its seven schools. Corona del Sol is the first to complete and open its room to students.

“Students in high school are facing tough times,” said Jennifer Liewer, the district’s community relations director. “There is a lot of anxiety and stress, and probably more so than we’ve seen in a really long time.”

“As a district we wanted to do something to provide additional services to students who were struggling,” she added.

The mindfulness rooms will be headed by one or two people, including social workers and teachers, who’ve been trained on mindfulness. The training was paid for by the Arizona governor’s office.

At Corona del Sol, Pagano said she has already been seeing the impact the school’s mindfulness room is having on students. She said they often are skeptical at first.

“But when they start practicing it for themselves, they realize, ‘Oh wow, this has been helping me’ … or ‘I can see a use for this in my daily life,’” she said.

Array

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Maricopa County budget for 2025: $25M into workforce support...

KTAR.com

Maricopa County plans to cut property tax rate for 4th year in a row as part of annual budget

How will the Maricopa County budget for 2025 benefit the community? A Monday announcement explains where the money could go.

8 minutes ago

Secrecy clauses in Sun City West facility part of Kris Mayes lawsuit...

Serena O'Sullivan

Arizona Attorney General sues health care facility over illegal secrecy clause, elder abuse

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes accused a Sun City West facility of using illegal secrecy clauses to hide elder abuse on May 20, 2024.

18 minutes ago

The first batch of bottle-fed baby kittens of the year under the Arizona Humane Society's care are ...

KTAR.com

Arizona Humane Society’s 1st bottle baby kittens of 2024 ready for adoption

The first batch of bottle-fed baby kittens of the year under the Arizona Humane Society's care are now ready for their forever homes.

8 hours ago

UoA student convicted of first-degree murder after killing professor...

Associated Press

Former Arizona grad student convicted of first-degree murder in 2022 shooting of professor

A former University of Arizona grad student was convicted of first-degree murder after fatally shooting a professor on campus two years ago.

12 hours ago

(Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Photo)...

KTAR.com

Elderly woman presumed dead in northern Arizona after reporting her house on fire

An elderly woman was believed to have been found dead in her northern Arizona home after she had reported that it caught fire on Saturday.

13 hours ago

Follow @GriseldaZetino...

Sponsored Content by Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Tempe school’s ‘mindfulness room’ helps students with stress, anxiety