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Mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply… noticing what is happening right now “what’s happening in the present moment”. Put in the simplest terms, mindfulness is “being aware”. It is not about trying to clear your mind but allowing thoughts and emotions to come and go without judgment and familiarizing ourselves with the present moment. Mindfulness is taking notice of how your body feels and what you see, smell and taste.When you notice what is happening around you, it can help you to calm down when sad, angry, or frustrated. Mindfulness helps you deal with tough emotions and can also make you happy and feel good.

How does mindfulness work?

Children and young people tend to be reactive. For example, when someone says something we don’t like to hear, we react. Sometimes we say something that we would like to take back the moment after we blurt it out. Or we are knocked down by a heavy emotion and it can take days to bounce back, sometimes even weeks.

Mindfulness helps us create space between a strong emotion and our actions. We learn to deal with positive and negative experiences more calmly and by making better decisions.

When we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings, we can respond in a cleverer way, without hurting our own feelings or the feelings of others.

As we create more emotional balance, we are less easily knocked down by our emotions, but in moments when we are knocked down, we bounce back faster.

It is hard to slow down in such a fast-paced world

How does mindfulness work?

Children and young people tend to be reactive. For example, when someone says something we don’t like to hear, we react. Sometimes we say something that we would like to take back the moment after we blurt it out. Or we are knocked down by a heavy emotion and it can take days to bounce back, sometimes even weeks.

Mindfulness helps us create space between a strong emotion and our actions. We learn to deal with positive and negative experiences more calmly and by making better decisions.

When we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings, we can respond in a cleverer way, without hurting our own feelings or the feelings of others.

As we create more emotional balance, we are less easily knocked down by our emotions, but in moments when we are knocked down, we bounce back faster.

Here are some of the good thing’s mindfulness can bring:

  • Mindfulness helps us create space between the emotions we have and the actions we use to respond to them.
  • Mindfulness helps us focus.
  • Mindfulness can make us feel better emotionally and physically.

Studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness. Benefits such as;

  • decreased stress and anxiety
  • improved health
  • better sleep
  • improved focus and awareness
  • better problem solving
  • improved impulse control
  • increased compassion and kindness
  • stronger relationships
  • altruism (thinking about others and their needs)

Research has shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.

However, it is important to remember, even if we practice mindfulness, we will still experience difficult feelings and mental chatter. However, with mindfulness, we can change our relationships with our emotions, thoughts, and negative self-talk. We do not have to believe every thought we have or be knocked down so often by our emotions.  Therefore, mindfulness is a key skill to developing positive mental wellbeing. Promoting recilience in children and young people.

Why should we teach mindfulness to children and young people?

Children and young people are stressed out these days. They may feel pressure from school. They may be quite busy with after school activities. It is hard to slow down in such a fast-paced world. But it is important that children and young people learn how to do just that – slow down!! Mindfulness helps children and young people focus on the present instead of focusing on the past or future.

As they grow into adults, they need to learn to manage stress in healthy ways and make sure they have a healthy balance in their lives. Mindfulness can be a helpful tool for children and young people who have challenges with self-regulation or difficulty managing emotions or want to improve their concentration. Where it would be helpful for them to be able to calm down and be aware of the present. When they are aware of the present, it will help them be more able to see what is happening around them and settle themselves and their minds.

Mindfulness at Mindz That Matter.

Workshops:

Meditation workshops and sessions available to local community groups. For further information please visit dates for upcoming workshops and availability on our Face book/Instagram page (link here)

Family sessions:

Private sessions can be delivered for families, bespoke programmes delivered for families who want to make mindfulness and its benefits part of family life.

School based “Mindfulness” intervention programme:

Pupils Intervention:

10-week programme delivered to 30 pupils. Sessions build on a variety of mindfulness techniques covering:

  • Breathing awareness- techniques and relaxation exercises
  • How to apply mindfulness at home/with friends-everyday life
  • Setting up personal mindful space
  • Awareness of ourselves and others around us
  • Benefits of mindfulness and how to apply to challenging situations e.g., anger management, exam stress

Professional training:

8-week programme delivered to staff in schools. Sessions will cover the following areas:

  • What is Mindfulness and its benefits/impact on Mental health
  • How to explain and demonstrate the benefits of mindfulness to children
  • How to integrate mindfulness in your learning environment or classroom
  • Session planning for mindfulness
  • Show children how they can build resilience and how mindfulness can help them cope with stress and difficult situations.
  • 8-week mindfulness programme plan that can be delivered to children and young people in schools/education settings
  • Mindfulness mentoring- support given to staff when delivering material to children in school.

**Please be aware this is a practical training and staff must participate. It is advisable that staff who attend have an interest in yoga/meditation.

 

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