In a busy world, the thoughts inside our heads can be overwhelming at times. Mindfulness has been practised for centuries in eastern cultures and involves learning to direct our attention to our own personal experience, our thoughts, and emotions, with a sense of curiosity, composure, openness and acceptance. Research has found that practising mindfulness can improve mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing in people of all ages. As well as improving cognitive development , executive function and academic, sporting and musical performance, mindfulness contributes to greater overall sense of wellbeing and a reduction in negative emotions. Mindfulness strategies help to manage depression, anxiety and stress, and can also be used to build upon strengths.
Care will be taken to identify ways to embed mindfulness within the existing school structure and approaches already in use, to encourage sustainable positive change.
- Understand what mindfulness is and its impact on the brain
- Appreciate the benefits of mindfulness and why it is important at school
- Practice some simple mindfulness techniques that are easy to use in everyday situations
- Learn how to create a virtuous circle using your strengths in a mindful way
- Discover a better understanding of your emotions
- Create a relevant and sustainable practice
- Understanding the brain – Neuroscience 101
- 12 qualities of a Mindful Attitude
- Challenges of mindfulness in the 21st century
- Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice
- Embedding mindfulness into the existing school approach
- Creating rituals and visual reminders
- Additional resources for ongoing support and practice