What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is all about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad.
What are the potential benefits of mindfulness?
Thousands of research studies have evaluated the effects of mindfulness training in many contexts, and they identify consistent potential benefits to adults’ psychological health and well being, including:
- feeling calmer and more positive
- helping cope with stress and anxiety
- improving concentration and focus
- getting on better with others
Mindfulness in Schools Project
(MiSP) is a charity whose aim is to inform, create, train and support the teaching of secular mindfulness to young people and those who care for them.
At Tuxford Academy, Mrs Fretwell is .b trained and is running a programme of mindfulness lessons to year 7 and year 9 through their global awareness lessons, as well as drop in sessions for all years during Monday lunchtimes.
What is .b ?
.b is a fun, engaging and useful ten-session mindfulness course for young people, adapted from the adult courses Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. It has been evaluated positively by the University of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes, and can be used in a wide range of contexts and age ranges.
To help you practice mindfulness at home, here are some of our favourite apps and books. Simply click the images to find out more.