Meditation and mindfulness are becoming more and more popular in schools.
With the rise in child stress and mental health issues, it is becoming more and more important for pupils to take time out and experience calm in their stressful lives.
Mindfulness and relaxation can help pupils manage their anxieties and worries and gives them tools for life.
Regular relaxation is particularly useful to counteract exam stress.
Introduce simple relaxation and mindfulness techniques into your classroom.
Mindfulness and relaxation in schools gives pupils the following benefits:
- Self awareness
- Emotional literacy
- Behavioural and social skills
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Positive thinking
- Anger management
- Listening skills, concentration and focus
- imagination and creativity
- Aids hyperactivity, ADHD, Autism and behavioural problems
Physical Outcomes: relaxes muscles, calms nerves, boosts immune system, general wellbeing.
Mental Outcomes: sharpens concentration and clarity, promotes positive thinking, improves memory and recall, reduces stress and tension, develops imagination and creativity.
Many teachers have also noted that children are more attentive, focussed and happier, which has had a positive effect on attainment and attendance.
All techniques are non religious and have been used by Faith and Non-Faith schools.