In 370 schools across England, children will be taught how to meditate, techniques for muscle relaxation, and breathing exercises for mindfulness. The program is being conducted under a mental health study that the British government is running up until 2021.
DEALING WITH NEW AND COMPLEX EMOTIONS CAN BE MITIGATED BY MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS
When children act out by kicking and screaming, very often it is simply because they don’t understand what they are going through, and can’t find a better way to express their feelings.
When they have a tantrum it is most likely because they are struggling to deal with new and complex emotions that they are feeling for the first time in their lives.
Schools in England are beginning to address this issue with a new approach, and that is by teaching mindfulness and meditation in the classroom to improve students’ overall mental health.
In 370 schools across England, children will be taught how to meditate, techniques for muscle relaxation and breathing exercises for mindfulness.
The secondary school students will also learn about awareness and how to increase this in their everyday lives.
This program is being conducted under a wider mental health study that the British government will be running until 2021.
Aside from the increasing number of young children that are showing signs of early onset depression and anxiety, National Health Service (NHS) reports have also indicated that 1-in-8 British children have mental disorders.
Despite these statistics, only 1 in every 5 children in the UK with mental issues are able to get access to the treatment they need.
But England isn’t the only country that has added mindfulness as a subject among schools. In 2016, a school in Baltimore decided to replace detention with an area where the children could go to practice some breathing and stretching exercises instead.
This is a way to keep the students calmer in order to increase their focus within the classroom. (See video below)