Happy Kids

You are perfect just as you are. Meditation is just a little reminder.

In school group meditation sessions for children of all ages.  I usually recommend six sessions of 30-40 minutes. All sessions are aimed at complete beginners and include audio materials for continued learning.  Sessions are interactive and include guided meditations with music, group discussion on weekly themes and some gentle yoga poses. Sessions for staff also available. 

The need for meditation in schools

“Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success
 and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills”. (Young minds – Prioritising Wellbeing in Schools report)

  • 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder – that’s roughly 3 children in every classroom.
  • London has the highest proportion of children reporting low life satisfaction in the UK.
  • Almost 1 in 4 children and young people show some evidence of mental ill health (including anxiety and depression).
  • In 2015, suicide was the most common cause of death for both boys and girls aged between 5 and 19 (17% and 11% of all deaths respectively).
  • 39,500 children in the UK have clinically significant levels of anxiety.
  • In a UN study in 2013, the UK ranked 24th out of the 29 countries for educational wellbeing, which considered participation rates and achievement levels. Children in England were also ranked 14th out of 15 countries for overall happiness with life in the Children’s World Study (2014).
  • The number of young people calling Childline about mental health problems has risen by 36% in the last four years.

The YouGov survey of 1,323 school children in Britain also determined how feelings of being ‘worried or sad’ affected their wellbeing and behaviour, finding that: 

  • nearly four in ten (38%) said that it caused them difficulty with going to sleep
  • more than a quarter (27%) said they got into fights or arguments 
  • more than one in four (26%) said that it caused them to struggle to do their homework
  • more than one in four (27%) didn’t want to be around others. 

Sources

Session Structure

1. The basics of meditation: connecting with breath and body

2. Finding calm: exploring ways to find calm through meditation, nature and music.

3. About me: Learning that we’re all unique and special in our way

4. Happy heart: Self acceptance and kindness

5. Finding calm through creativity: learning about the power of imagination

6. Recap: how to continue a meditation practice that works for you.

Included materials
  1. Learn to meditate audio course
  2. 10 guided meditations for daily use

Key themes covered in children’s guided audio tracks:

  • emotional literacy
  • self-regulation
  • confidence
  • self esteem
  • worries
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • creativity
  • imagination

To book the mindful schools programme, or to discuss your school’s needs email hello@andyhobsonmeditation.com 

Main benefits of meditation for children

  • reduces levels of anxiety
  • increases self-esteem
  • increases confidence
  • creates calmer classrooms
  • improves attention
  • improves overall wellbeing

I’m aware that sadly there is very little budget in education for wellbeing. I’m passionate about supporting children’s mental health so can be flexible with your school’s budget.