‘Stop, Breathe and Be!’ An introduction to mindfulness at ACS Hillingdon

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Author: Lauren Seaberg

Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness cultivates awareness of thoughts and feelings.

At any given moment, we have many thoughts running through our mind: I need to pay that bill! What will we have for dinner? We often find ourselves functioning on autopilot, going about our daily routines without real awareness.

Practicing mindfulness cultivates awareness of thoughts and feelings so you can make positive changes based on your realisations. You might, for instance, realise you’re feeling tired. In response, you may decide to reschedule an important meeting or take a few minutes to do a breathing practice beforehand.

Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us. It can also give us a better understanding of ourselves and others. Mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood, levels of happiness and wellbeing. Scientific studies have even shown that mindfulness prevents depression. It positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day stress and anxiety.

When applied in schools, mindfulness increases children’s self-esteem, concentration and overall performance. It impacts their ability to get along with others and helps them to cope with stress. Mindfulness is an acquired skill that can make a positive difference in our lives.