We are now practising Mindfulness in nurture every day. Mindfulness is an approach that aims to further develop children’s life skills by helping them self-regulate and self-calm, pay attention to themselves and the world they live in and to reflect effectively on their relationships.
The key aims of mindfulness – these are to develop the following:
- Attention – awareness of emotions, thoughts, feelings and greater concentration
- Balance – time for you, time for family and friends, time for school and studying
- Compassion -self acceptance, non-judgemental
The purpose of practising mindfulnes is to better understand ourselves and allow us to have feelings without allowing the feelings to control us and our actions. Mindfulness aims to help us relax, to remain calm, to give ourselves compassion and not constantly compare ourselves with others.
We play lots of game to learn about ourselves and each other; for example, games to help us become more aware of physical sensations, thoughts and feelings, to slow down, to focus on breathing, or simply to be able to accept a thought then let it go. We now practise mindfulness activities everyday in nurture. Sometimes these will last for two to three minutes and sometimes they may last for ten. The more we practise the better our skills become!
Reinforcing skills at home
The children can practise mindful activities in a range of contexts- including at home. The nurture children are given a Mindfulness Record on which they can record their own mindful minutes and reflect on how effective these are in terms of maintaining their overall wellbeing.