Wellbeing and the idea of maintaining a state of ‘wellness’ has been around for centuries in its various forms. In modern times, it is often described as simply feeling good.
Wellbeing can be linked to a number of different benefits including improved physical and mental health, faster recovery times from illness, higher educational attainment, greater productivity and an overall healthier lifestyle.
Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. It's easy to stop noticing the world around us. It's also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living 'in our heads' – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour.
To find out more about Wellbeing & Mindfulness, students can visit the VLE (under 'Enrichment') to find exercises, videos, website links, popular Apps and more to help them build a comprehensive toolkit to help them through times of stress and anxiety. We also have an information board, books and leaflets available to take away from the library.
We have a staff member who is 'Trained to Teach' the .b mindfulness curriculum by the 'Mindfulness in Schools Project' (MISP) https://mindfulnessinschools.org/
All year 7 students have now be introduced to Mindfulness and classes are on a rota to receive a short guided practise in their Friday am registration session.
We also run a Monday Mindfulness lunchtime club available to year 7 students who would like to learn more about mindfulness techniques and join in with guided practise.
We will be running a parent's information session in January, to explain how mindfulness is taught to their child and the opportunity to join a short guided practise, so parents can support their child at home.