Does life seem busy to you? If it does, then it can certainly be said to be the same for several of our students, who also feel the whirl of this fast-paced world. It’s no wonder that several of them already show some early signs of stress. Mindfulness can be a practical method that helps to manage this, as well as having scientifically proven effects on improving symptoms of, sleep disorders, depression and anxiety. It’s an age-old practice, but many have found a place for it in society today.
If you are interested in reading more, knowing of some resources and apps available – then please read further.
Those unfamiliar with mindfulness may be asking what exactly it is. Here’s a definition below:
“Mindfulness is a whole body-mind state of awareness that involves ‘tuning in’ to the present moment, with openness and curiosity, instead of ‘tuning out’ from experience. Mindfulness is a state of being fully awake to life – being aware and undistracted in the present moment. It is about focusing attention on the present, rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future- which is often our brain’s default mode.
Mindful awareness is something that we all possess and that can be strengthened through practice. Mindfulness can be developed through formal sitting meditation practices, or through informal everyday mindfulness activities that use the senses to anchor the attention: such as mindful walking, listening to music, eating or conversation. Mindfulness is a clinically proven tool to support wellbeing and mental health by reducing stress and allowing life to be experienced more fully.” (Kids Matter online).
This is where technology can be overwhelmingly positive, for the internet contains an abundant wealth of resources. Below you’ll find some further reading on mindfulness as well as a link to some resources and reviewed apps:
- Kids Matter - an informative resource for parents of primary aged students
- Smiling Mind
- Mindfulness Apps for Primary School Students – 2018 article in Psychology Today
- What are the benefits of mindfulness?, by the American Psychological Association
- Schools turn to mindfulness to tackle student anxiety, SMH article
- All it takes is 10 mindful minutes, Andy Puddicombe, TED Talk
- Mindfulness apps for your smart phone. According to Healthline online, here are the: “Best Meditation Apps of 2018”
Of course, if we want to be of great support to our children and enjoy the benefits of feeling healthy, both on the inside and out, then we have to ensure that we take the time to look after ourselves as well…
Mr Shaun Cleary
DIGITAL WELLBEING CHAMPION