Mindfulness and Wellbeing Exercises

" A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health, and deserves the same quality of support. No one would feel embarrassed about seeking help for a child if they broke their arm - and we really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties." (Kate Middleton)

During times of stress, it is important to ensure that you look after yourself and feel well, The following exercises are suggested for wellbeing and improving your sense of calm:

Exercise 1:

Sit in a comfortable position, and close your eyes (or lower your eyes). This is best done in a quiet room.

Focus your attention on your breathing as it flows in and out of your body. Stay in touch with the sensation of breathing in and out.

Do not change how you are breathing, but notice that after a while your mind may wander. Gently bring attention back to your breathing.

Stay like this for one minute. You may notice that your mind becomes calm - or you may get a sense of stillness.

After a minute open your eyes and be present in the room again.

Exercise 2:

Be aware that you mind has the ability to keep busy and keep 'doing' - so you may over think things and become anxious. Knowing this, remember to stop yourself becoming over anxious and too busy. Take time to let your mind rest. Stay in the present and stop yourself thinking about what may happen or could have happened. Develop generosity towards yourself and let yourself rest.

Exercise 3:

Think of things you are grateful for every day. After a short period of time you will begin to notice that this lifts your mood and you look at difficult situations with a more positive outlook.