What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is based on an Eastern meditation tradition but is not dependent on any belief or ideology.It is about being aware of what is happening in the present on a moment-by-moment basis.It is contrasted with states of mind in which attention is focussed elsewhere e.g. pre-occupation with memories, fantasies, plans or worries, and behaving automatically without awareness of your actions. It includes a sense of approaching all experiences with openness and kindly curiosity, rather than avoiding difficult experiences or judging them or us.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. Their aim is to transform current mental health provision in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment.If you would like to practise these relaxation techniques at home please click on the following Relaxation in the Classroom resource: