I’m sure most of you are aware of the huge craze of mindfulness that has become prevalent in the U.K to help adults unwind and destress. This can be done in the form of sitting in a coffee shop, attending a yoga session, reading a book or doing some mindfulness colouring.
Research into the benefits of practising mindfulness is still in its infancy, but already looks promising. A 2007 study, conducted by Hölzel, Lazar et al, took fMRI brain scans of patients, before and after an eight-week programme of mindfulness training; the results displayed clear changes in the grey matter of brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, information processing and perspective.
So why not teach children mindfulness?
Mindfulness helps to improve children’s level of anxiety, stress, mental health and well-being.
At Potton Lower School we try to encourage pupils to practice mindfulness through Monday assemblies, peer massage, mindfulness colour and using videos such as cosmic kids yoga and zen den.