WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

What is mindfulness?

Its sounds airy fairy...
but did you know mindfulness based interventions are now prescribed through the NHS?

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. To be present is when we are not caught up in thoughts about the past or the future.

There are 3 aspects of mindfulness that we focus our curriculum on:

  • Mindfulness techniques - both formal and informal

  • Habit releasers

  • Habit cultivators

https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness/

HOW CAN MINDFULNESS HELP CHILDREN?

WHAT MINDFULNESS IS NOT!

  • Breathing exercises or yoga

  • Obscure or exotic

  • Difficult

  • Religious or spiritual

  • Emptying the mind - getting rid of thoughts

  • Losing emotions

  • Chilling out

  • Trying to be positive all the time

  • Sitting with your legs crossed saying 'Om'

DOES IT WORK FOR ANYONE?

It is a bit like a gym membership... If you become a member of a gym, but never visit to work out, you won't see the results.

Once the child has acquired the knowledge and tools, they need to be encouraged to use them daily.

​Applying the skills and techniques can develop: 

  • Greater happiness 

  • Self awareness and a sense of responsibility - ways we learn best (meta-cognition)

  • Growth mindset - a belief that change and improvements are possible

  • Ways to relax

  • Healthy coping strategies for stress, anxiety and every day worries

  • Better focus - supporting learning, behaviour, performance and decision making

  • Improved relationships with peers, teachers and family

  • An understanding of one’s own mind