Emotional well-being at WKGS
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is all about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, mindfulness encourages us to be more accepting and less impulsive or judgemental. It is not a “quick fix” as it takes time to alter unhelpful mental thought patterns, however in the long term and with regular practice, mindfulness can help us make way for calmer, kinder and more responses to thoughts and feelings.
How do people learn Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is learned through practical experience. The aim is to gradually learn to direct our attention in a more focused way to whatever is happening for us right now, be it our breathing, the sensations in our body, the sounds around us or even everyday activities such as walking or eating.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness for young people?
Mindfulness is an essential life skill for young people living in today’s increasingly stressful and competitive society; evidence has shown time and again that it can improve health and wellbeing. It can help young people to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and to feel calmer, less anxious and less depressed. Mindfulness is being recommended by GP’s, increasingly used in business to improve staff well-being and in sports training to improve performance.
Mindfulness in Schools Project – the ‘.b’ course
Thanks to the Mindfulness in Schools Project (http://www.mindfulnessinschools.org) we are introducing mindfulness to the curriculum with a brand new course. ‘.b’ (dot b) is a nine session mindfulness course specifically designed for young people in schools. It is based on adult courses but adapted for young people. The .b course is taught with striking visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life. The objectives of the course is to give students mindfulness as a life-skill to help them:
- feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
- concentrate and learn better
- cope with anxiety and stress more effectively
- perform better in music, sport or exams
The articles below showcase the importance Mindfulness is playing in schools and society in general. If you have any questions about Mindfulness, please contact Ms Sheena Harris, Learning Mentor via the School Office.