During busy months, it can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much around you. With exams in full flow in most secondary schools in the UK, stress levels are high. In this blog post, we’re looking at how students and teachers can be mindful. Tips to be more mindful
Mindfulness should be encouraged during the busy months. It’s easy to get tied down to a lot of different things and it is also easy to be stressed about things such as exams and/or deadlines. According to the NHS website, mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside oneself. Once you understand what mindfulness is, it’s easy to become more mindful. Below are some tips that are sourced both from Anomaly and the NHS article. Notice the everyday – “as we go about our daily lives, we can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk,” says Professor Williams from the NHS article. “All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the ‘autopilot’ mode we often engage day to day, and to give us new perspectives on life.” Keep it regular – it can be helpful to pick a certain time to be more mindful than usual. The morning journey to school or a walk at lunchtime is ideal time to be mindful. During this time you could decide to be aware of the sensations created by the world around. Once you get into a constant routine it can help you to become more mindful and help reduce stress levels during these busy periods. Free yourself from the past and future – unfortunately, you cannot alter the past or the future. What you can focus on though, is the present. Remind yourself that you can only try your best and worrying will not change the future. All you can do is your best. For more tips on being mindful, have a look at the NHS website.
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