Nowadays, we hear a lot about being mindful and mindfulness, but what does it really mean?
Mindfulness is the idea of learning how to be fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction and without judgement.
Coming back to school after COVID restrictions, and the implications that it’s had on our society can be tricky to cope with, and this is where practising mindfulness can support all age groups in adjusting and finding a little more happiness in their day to day lives.
Headspace is a great website / app that can be used by children, teens and adults to gain a better understanding of being mindful. There are a range of guided meditations, animations, and videos, all with a core aim to improve health and happiness of the world.
Find out more about five mindfulness activities that are designed for kids here: https://www.headspace.com/mindfulness/activities-for-kids
For a more detailed insight, you can also read more about the growing evidence for the impact of mindfulness on children and young people by Katherine Weare (University of Exeter) here: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/MiSP-Research-Summary-2012.pdf