PRESS RELEASE in Thanet
Priory Infant School, Ramsgate introduces mindfulness
One of first Thanet schools to trial with teachers
Teachers better able to cope with stress; positive impact on children
11 May 2016: Priory Infant School, Ramsgate is delighted to be one of the first schools in Thanet to introduce mindfulness coaching to staff to support their wellbeing at work. With pupils and teachers under ever more pressure, we can all use a little breathing space.
The teachers who have taken part in our course have already reported improved sleep and better stress management. One said: ‘As an individual who does not usually exercise and has never considered or even heard of the concept of mindfulness, this practice has been an enlightening and educational experience on so many levels…. At work and at home, I can now deal with stressful situations in a calmer and more collected way. I am now less uptight and anxious and my self-esteem and self-belief have both improved. In addition, I have started to incorporate mindfulness into my lessons and this has helped to calm and focus my class. I have also started to plan in short daily reflective times where we listen to calming music and consider how we are feeling at that specific moment. This is having a positive impact on the children’s learning.’
Senior leaders described the weekly experience as ‘energising and incredibly valuable’. They have noticed that participating staff appear more relaxed and report feeling fitter and happier. They are now looking forward to monitoring the positive impact of mindfulness on the children’s well-being and their readiness to learn.
Mindfulness practice, for both pupils and teachers, is being trialled in schools around the country and has been shown to be successful in helping children manage their behaviour and cope with anxiety; if it’s good enough for Tonbridge School, its good enough for Priory Infant!
Mindfulness is taught at the school by Aneta Idczak from Ramsgate’s More Than Yoga Studio. Aneta teaches yoga, mindfulness and well-being for schools and individuals. For more information, please see anetai.co.uk or email email@example.com
- Mindfulness practice has been extensively researched in recent years, and has shown many mental and physical benefits. It decreases stress, anxiety and depression, and improves mood and general wellbeing. It helps reduce physical exhaustion and improve the quality of sleep. It improves memory and attention span, and helps express creativity by reducing negative attitude. It aids many physical conditions such as chronic pain and high blood pressure. These are just a few of the recognised benefits of regular mindfulness practice.
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Spring is a time of renewal and growth. In Yoga and Ayurvedic traditions this time is to reflect, detox and re-adjust. Not only spring cleaning your environment but also your body, heart and mind. We often take time to clear our houses and cars, have a haircut or have our nails done. All of those are important. Yet how often do we take time to reflect on and simplify our daily habits to bring more harmony and ease into our being?
Simple habits such as eating lighter meals in the evenings or drinking more water throughout the day can have a major effect on your energy levels. Having a regular yoga or meditation practice in the mornings (15mins is great!) help you start your days with much clearer focus. Everything we do daily is a habit that you created at some point and repeated daily.
This year as part of my usual April Spring Detox I made few small changes. The one that made the biggest difference for me was eating earlier and lighter dinners. When I was working in Social Care I was lucky if I ate my lunch away from my computer or in rush between appointments or meetings. Sometimes I simply did not have much to eat and by the time I arrived back home from work at 6.30pm or 7pm I was very hungry. I ended up eating a large meal at 8pm, trying to satisfy my hunger.
I simply swapped the amounts around – a bigger lunch and smaller dinner. Eating my dinner earlier and having a smaller portion allows me digest my food before going to bed. I am sleeping better and my constipation is completely gone. And I wake up early refreshed.
Take some time to reflect – what is one habit that could really support your lifestyle right now? What is one thing you can do each day to build overtime into a supportive and nourishing habit?