A South West mother who practices meditation and relaxation has spoken of the importance of the techniques as the nation embraces a new mental health initiative this month. Cookernup mother and Moon Blossom Yoga instructor Chloe Palmer said she practiced mindfulness with her two children to teach them to “be, instead of do”. It comes as children around Australia are being encouraged to practice the technique for Peppa Pig Practices Mindfulness month — an initiative by Save the Children Australia using the popular TV cartoon character. The measure is encouraging families to use the month to do simple activities — such as going for a walk, taking deep breaths or saying something kind to a loved one — in response to confusion and anxiety around COVID-19. Ms Palmer said the techniques were always useful in everyday life. “Mindfulness assists children in understanding themselves (and) helps them understand and acknowledge their feelings while building emotional intelligence,” she said. “Being present as an adult is more difficult than it is for a child, to whom curiosity and wonder comes naturally. “For children to be engaged with a sense of self now provides the mental tools for an emotionally fit generation into the future.” Ms Palmer said mindfulness had not only brought her children closer to their emotions but had brought the family closer together.