Mindfulness & Relaxation

What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is based on an Eastern meditation tradition but is not dependent on any belief or ideology.It is about being aware of what is happening in the present on a moment-by-moment basis.It is contrasted with states of mind in which attention is focussed elsewhere e.g. pre-occupation with memories, fantasies, plans or worries, and behaving automatically without awareness of your actions. It includes a sense of approaching all experiences with openness and kindly curiosity, rather than avoiding difficult experiences or judging them or us.

Mindfulness websites
www.gonoodle.com
www.accessyoutube.com
www.headspace.com
www.mindful.org
www.freemindfulness.org
www.pocketmindfulness.com
www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness

Useful resources to help with mindfulness and relaxation at home and at school:

Relaxation in the classroom

Mindful Monsters:

Working with teachers and mindfulness experts, Scope have developed an exciting new resource to help bring mindfulness into the classroom. Mindful Monsters Week provides teachers with a range of tools focussed around the key themes of concentration, creativity, relaxation and positivity. The short activities are designed to compliment the school day and integrate with regular lessons

https://mindfulmonsters.co.uk/schools

Mindful Club:

Mrs Sherwin and Mrs Maskery both run our Mindful Club during lunch times each week which enables children to attend and learn new techniques and strategies to help them to deal with everyday stresses and worries. It’s an opportunity for the children to relax and talk in a safe and secure environment.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families:

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. Our aim is to transform current mental health provision in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment. We believe that every child and their family should be at the heart of the care they receive, working in partnership with professionals.

https://www.annafreud.org/about-us/our-story/