Let's Talk Mindfulness!
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rethinking the past or imagining the future.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.
Mindfulness is good for our minds and increases positive emotions while reducing negative emotions and stress.
Mindfulness changes our brains: Research has found that it increases density of grey matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.
Mindfulness helps us focus, improves our memory, attention skills, and decision-making.
Mindfulness allows compassion and understanding with others as well as self – compassion.
Mindfulness with children reduces behaviour problems, aggression, anxiety, stress and low mood among students, and improves their happiness levels, self-regulation, and ability to pay attention. life.
Christine from Worthy of Wellbeing was like a breath of fresh air when she came to our school to deliver a 12-week mindfulness programme. She has such a natural calming energy, she fitted into the school community perfectly, meaning the relationships she built with the students was fantastic. Over the 12 weeks there were sessions on worry, gratitude, anxiety, friendship, bullying and emotions. She then gave strategies to help with these such as mindful breathing, mindful listening and meditation. The students especially loved when Christine brought in different sound instruments and also enjoyed the breathing exercises that she shared. The skills that the students have learnt over the 12 weeks are lifelong and I have no doubt will benefit them as they journey through school. Thank you, Christine, I can see a huge difference in our school community since the beginning of the programme and we are extremely grateful for the work you have done. We look forward to working with Worthy of Wellbeing again soon. Thank you, Christine, keep it up.
- Brian Duke (acting principal) Clooncagh N.S
Ways we can work together...
Fixed number of weeks where I visit your school and work with the students on various topics. I introduce the importance of mindful breathing, meditation, awareness, mindful listening, taking time out.
Topics such as worry, gratitude, self acceptance, emotions, bullying etc
I work with both primary & secondary schools on various topics regarding their mental wellbeing. Workshop/talks topics such as: speaking up about how you feel, emotions, thoughts, behaviours, self worth, communication, bullying
Workshops/talks for businesses
Here I work with businesses looking to implement self care into the workplace. The workshops vary from reiki, mindfulness, mental health & overall wellbeing
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My Mindfulness Programme:
I will be running regular mindfulness programmes for children of all ages from the month of March 2022. There will be a class of between 10 - 12 students and the classes will be held in different communities in county Roscommon. It will consist of a 60-minute session once a week!
The Programme topics that will be covered are:
Calming the mind
In these Mindfulness sessions the aim is to incorporate breathwork, meditations/visualisations, stories, creative activities such as writing, drawing and painting.
The price of this programme will vary depending on the length of the programme.
For more information on these programmes please click the link below.