Young people, families and schools

Young People

Much time at school is spent developing physical health but not much on mental health. Learn how to improve your approach to problems and life in general.

Growing up can be a bewildering and confusing adventure. At times wonderful but also sometimes scary, worrying and very stressful. Relationships with parents, siblings, teachers and friends can make for a roller coaster of a ride, causing upset, anger and frustration as well as joy.

Mindfulness practice as we teach it can help you negotiate the stormy waters of relationships, school and family. Training your mind is as important as training your body. We all have to do PE or some kind of physical sport and of course this is very important. However, the focus of your school life is on academic work and as such you are tested and tested and tested. This can be stressful, worrying and make you anxious. All of which is normal.

So why don’t schools teach you how to train your mind so that you can concentrate better? You know as well as anyone that when your mind is preoccupied with worries about your family, or if you have been bullied or even if you just have worries about how well you are doing in school, then training your mind will help you do better in sport, music, with your friends and in school. In fact mindfulness training can help you in every aspect of your life. This is because your mental and emotional health is key to being happy and successful in life!

Contact us to find out more – how a 10 week course can help you ‘Mind How You Go’ – whether it be in school with your peers, or with your family.

Teachers/Carers/Parents

Working in education can be very stressful, mindfulness can help to build resilience to that stress, improve professional relationships and generally help make the work-life balance better. The best way to help young people flourish is if the adults who care for them are flourishing – the ‘oxygen- mask principle’.

As a teacher or teaching assistant you will be aware of increased levels of stress within the profession which can have an adverse on your health and performance. Even if you are someone who copes well with what is a usual amount of stress in what can be a joyous vocation, there will be times when the workload feels overwhelming. A mindfulness course could help with making appropriate choices in managing your work/life balance. There are different ways to introduce mindfulness. One, the Mindfulness in Schools Project .b foundations curriculum, written expressly for teachers and school staff, gradually develops your awareness through formal practice and increased awareness of everyday experiences. The second course, The Present, is a slightly different approach in that it focusses on developing awareness of everyday experience through activities and then introduces formal practice.

Jem, Karen and Beatrice are qualified .b foundations teachers and Jem is qualified to teach the Present course.

On completion of an 8 week course, a teacher is able to train to teach the MiSP .b or Paws B course for students.

Wider Community

Mindfulness can have profound effects on the quality of parent-child relationships. By developing awareness and acceptance, it can help you enrich your life as a parent and nourish your children.

Nobody mentioned that parenting can be the most difficult job of all. Sometimes just making small changes can bring about large effects. It is the remembering to make these small changes, however, that is the problem. A mindfulness course such as those mentioned above or the more general 8-week MBSR can help to develop awareness and improve interactions with others.

One the best ways to develop a mindfulness practice is to participate in an 8-week course. If there is not one running at your local school please contact us at mindfulness@mindhowyougo.info