Mindfulness, Yoga and Wellbeing ๐Ÿ˜Š

After the school closures and COVID-19 restrictions, we are all well aware of how important it is to take care of our bodies and our minds. We place a big emphasis on this in 4th class because at the end of the day, if a child isn’t happy, they are not going to learn. Therefore, mindfulness is something we practice frequently, everyday. First thing in the morning, we write about how we are feeling in our Mindfulness Journals, to develop our emotional intelligence and awareness – two very valuable life skills.

We know how important nature is to our well-being, so we take ‘Brain Breaks’ between lessons, where we immerse ourselves in nature. Even a few minutes makes a huge difference. Sometimes we practice short meditations on the Headspace App, mindful breathing and body scans too.

We have learned about self-compassion and how important it is to be kind to ourselves. When we are feeling down, we should speak to ourselves as though we were speaking to a friend. What would we say to them in that situation? Would we criticise them or would we offer words of support? In the pictures below, you can see that we came up with some great quotes that our ‘inner friend’ might say to us at a time like this, and we stuck them are the room as inspiration for those times when we might be having some trouble.

We all came together and decorated a letter each for our full wall display of our class motto, ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated’.

For the past 6 weeks, we have been practicing yoga with Sue every Wednesday and we are really reaping the benefits in body and in mind.

Finally, at the end of each school day we write down three good things that happened that day or three things we’re grateful for. Through this, we learn to see the bright side of everything and continuously improve overall well-being.