Mindfulness and You

How can mindfulness and meditation help your child?

For most children today, stress is a big part of everyday life as they need to cope with our fast paced, technology orientated world and pressure at school. Along with parental and peer pressure some children burn out. 

10% of children and young people (aged 5-16yrs) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age (Children’s Society 2008).

Society places more value on “doing” as opposed to just being “present”. Instead of being mindful of what is happening in our lives, we rush around and live life “mindlessly”. As well as going to school all week and the amount of homework with deadlines, from as young as just 3 years old, many children rush from one extra curriculum activity to the next without taking a moment to just sit still and breathe. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening right now by observing what is going on inside (your thoughts and physical sensations) and outside (your interactions and surroundings) with an open mind and without judgement.

Meditation is a simple yet powerful skill that helps us to de-clutter the mind, and helps support us to be “in the moment”. 

What's included in my sessions?

  • Correct breathing techniques to reduce stress
  • Fun mindful exercises both through movement and play
  • Guided imagery/visualisations
  • Art/Creative therapy
  • The importance of meditation
  • Compassionate communication

What I offer

I offer a range of services including staff INSET day sessions to 'easy to follow' techniques to help keep the 3 year olds in Early Years Provisions calm. If there is something you would like help with then get in touch. 

Together we must keep stress at a healthy level, from the school Head Teacher to the youngest child in Pre-school. 

Together we need to combat stress and anxiety which stop children attending and enjoying where they receive their education.

Who can attend my sessions?

Any child/young person between the ages of 3-18 years will feel the benefit of my techniques, however are extra beneficial for those suffering with stress, anxiety, autism, ADHD, exam pressure, bullying, low confidence and more.   

Where can your child attend a session?

I am based in Essex and the surrounding areas. I can attend both Primary and Secondary schools, Nursery/Preschools, Children Centres and local clubs. I also run after school sessions (Wednesdays and Fridays) and private sessions midweek and at weekends. I run 'Parent and Child' sessions every couple of months or on request. 

How long is a session?

The length of a session depends on the age group I am teaching.

Generally, 3-5 year old sessions last 20-30mins, 6-9 year old sessions last 30-45 minutes and 9+ years up to 60 minutes.