Mindfulness and Stress
Mindfulness is a vital skill to develop in response to the challenging demands towards the end of the school year. Arising from Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, mindful thinking is characterised by the capacity to be present with one’s thoughts and feelings in an uncritical way.
Mindfulness can be pursued through guided meditation sessions, or through simply taking a moment to pause and acknowledge your thoughts. These methods, both formal and informal, seek to root us in the present moment and eliminate worries about the past and future. Importantly, recognising negative emotions without judgement enables us to accept them, and therefore respond more effectively.
Becoming more mindful has been proven to alleviate stress and boost overall wellbeing through reprogramming the mind. The long-term use of mindfulness techniques can also aid in sleep and concentration. As mindful thinking is a skill, practice and persistence using the method which suits you most will produce the best results.
Free guided mindfulness meditation sessions: https://www.headspace.com/mindfulness
Further reading about the benefits of mindfulness, along with simple techniques: https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/benefits-of-mindfulness.htm
By Emma, Avivo Elite Tutor and Blog Team Member