The return to school after a long break or during challenging times can be a tumultuous period for children. The transition from a relaxed, unstructured school holidays to the structured environment of school can cause stress and anxiety. To help children manage these emotions and enhance their overall well-being, schools are increasingly turning to mindfulness programmes. In this blog, we will explore how schools can support children by implementing mindfulness programmes during their return to school.

Understanding Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice rooted in ancient traditions like meditation and yoga but has gained popularity in recent years for its proven benefits in reducing stress and promoting emotional well-being. At its core, mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It encourages individuals to become more aware of their thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations.

Benefits of Mindfulness for Children

Stress Reduction:

Mindfulness techniques have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in children. When children return to school after a break or challenging times, they often face increased academic pressures. Mindfulness can equip them with tools to manage this stress effectively.

Year 6 pupils will be feeling an increased amount of pressure this academic year in the lead up to their SATs. YogaBugs virtual includes a SATs prep 6-week course to help children and teachers deal with any stress, anxiety or other mental health conditions they may face in the build up to SATs exams. Our SATs Preparation courses teach children and teachers breathing, visualisation and relaxation techniques to help develop their mindfulness and focus on blocking out stress and anxiety.

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Improved Concentration:

Mindfulness enhances focus and concentration. This can be particularly beneficial as children readjust to the classroom environment and the demands of their studies. Improved concentration results in better behaviour. This dramatically improves learning enabling children to develop new skills. Good concentration improves memory retention, which children need for exams.

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Emotional Regulation:

Children can struggle with managing their emotions, which can lead to disruptive behaviour in the classroom. Mindfulness helps children understand and control their feelings, leading to improved emotional regulation.

YogaBugs virtual gives children essential tools for recognising, understanding, and managing emotions. The platform has many breathing & relaxation exercises which teachers can use anytime.

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Enhanced Resilience:

Mindfulness fosters resilience by teaching children how to respond to difficult situations with a calm and composed mind. This skill is invaluable when students face challenges, whether academically or socially.

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Implementing a Mindfulness Programme

YogaBugs virtual is an online platform with hundreds of yoga, breathing, relaxation & mindfulness sessions to help instil a positive mindset., It is already currently being used in thousands of schools across the country, producing the following results:

Integration into the Curriculum:

Incorporating mindfulness into the daily curriculum allows children to practice regularly. Short mindfulness exercises at the beginning or end of each class can help create a mindful classroom environment.

Parental Involvement:

Encourage parents to participate in mindfulness so they can support their children’s practice at home. This creates a consistent and supportive environment. YogaBugs virtual can be used at home so not only benefits the child in school but the whole family.

Mindful Spaces:

Designate a quiet, peaceful space within the school where pupils can practice mindfulness when needed. A calming environment can aid in relaxation and concentration.

Incorporating a mindfulness programme into a school’s return-to-school strategy can greatly benefit children. By reducing stress, enhancing concentration, improving emotional regulation, and fostering resilience, mindfulness equips children with valuable tools to navigate the challenges of school life. With the right guidance and integration, schools can create an environment where pupils can thrive both academically and emotionally. As we continue to prioritise the well-being of our children, mindfulness programmes are a powerful tool for building a brighter future.

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