Mindfulness Minutes

Mindfulness Minutes

Many of us live our lives rushing through the school day, blink and it’s the end of term. Life is happening, but we may not notice due to everything else that is going on in our school environment. Mindfulness has many definitions, put simply it means being more aware of what is going on around and learning from what we find. To do this we need to pay full attention to all our senses rather than getting swept up in life and our school routine.

This week long Eco-Project aims to get pupils and school staff thinking about, and actively promoting, positive mental health and well-being.

Coming in 2021, Mindfulness Minutes Month

Prior to the 2021 exams, we will be launching a brand new Mindfulness Minutes nationwide campaign to collectively achieve one million minutes of mindfulness.

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“I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the Mindfulness Minutes Project. I feel it has brought us closer together as a class, as we’ve had so many reflection and quiet times together where we’ve been able to appreciate each other. Mental health and well-being is such an important topic and it’s great that Eco-Schools are doing something about it.” Click Here

This Eco-Project can be linked to the Eco-Schools Topics:

Biodiversity

Many mindfulness activities involve engaging with nature, observing trees, smelling flowers or feeling the grass between your toes. You might decide to improve biodiversity within your school as part of this project, or your participation might simply lead to a better understanding and a greater appreciation of nature - both link to our Biodiversity topic.

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Healthy Living

Paying more attention to the present moment, your own thoughts and feelings can improve your mental well-being helping pupils enjoy the world around them and understand their thoughts and feelings. Improving mental well-being can then lead to improved physical well-being.

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School Grounds

As part of a longer Mindfulness Minutes project, you might want to create a mindfulness, sensory area in your School Grounds. You might decide to create a sensory garden with lots of bee and butterfly-friendly plants or an area of school where students can go to take a minute to be mindful.

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