Teaching mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular in primary and secondary schools, and with good reason.
This mind-body approach focuses on living in the present moment and being aware of our thoughts and feelings.
This can benefit staff and pupils alike, providing a healthy way to identify and deal with emotions and combat stress and anxiety – this can be a particularly useful skill to have adopted for exam time.
The Guardian reported last year that the NHS had recognised the impact that mindfulness meditation can have, particularly on depression and anxiety levels.
Reports show that nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression, whilst 195,000 young people have an anxiety disorder (Young Minds). Mindfulness sessions could therefore be a valuable support mechanism for these pupils.
This form of non-religious meditation has added benefits in a whole school environment, with greater development of cognitive focus. This has been said to increase attention span and improve behaviour issues.
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