Wellbeing for

Children & Teenagers

Programme

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A holistic approach to health and wellbeing for children and young people.

Incorporating mindfulness, nutrition, yoga and breathing practices.

Benefits

  • Develops healthy mind/body awareness.

  • Boosts physical and emotional health.

  • Helps alleviate depression, stress and anxiety.

  • Improves mental health and self-control.

  • Emotional regulation skills and coping strategies.

  • Cultivates social communication, relationship and behavioural skills.

  • Improves working memory, cognition, executive function, learning and attainment.

  • Enhances focus, attention and concentration.

  • Builds emotional and psychological resilience.

  • Increases confidence, self-value, empathy and flexible thinking.

  • Cultivates kindness, gratitude and friendship.

  • Improves relationships.

  • Encourages healthy nutritional habits.

  • Strengthens the immune system.

  • Improves sleep.

  • Encourages further learning.

Course Summary - 15 Modules

1. The Mind & Breath Awareness

 

  • The Mind Jar - learning about the mind using a mind jar.

  • Reflecting on our thoughts, feelings, emotions and memories.

  • Understanding emotions and feelings using emotion characters.

  • The Monkey Mind - learning how the mind jumps around like a monkey and different ways to anchor the mind to the present moment.

  • Creative Mindful Breathing Practices – a calming anchor for the mind and body.

 

2. Emotional Awareness

 

  • Emotions & Feelings - developing an understanding of how to allow ourselves to experience a full range of feelings and emotions without judgement, with understanding, kindness and compassion.

  • Felt Bodily Sensations - establishing a relationship between thoughts, feelings and emotions and how we feel them physically in the body.

  • Learning steps to help us relate to our emotions and what actions to take to help ourselves during challenging emotional experiences.

 

3. Mindful Anchors

 

  • The Five Senses – Using our sense of sound, sight, touch, smell, and taste to anchor our mind and body into the present moment and to help connect with ourselves and the world around us.

  • The Talking Stick – A practice that allows the person holding the stick to speak and for everyone else in the group to practice mindful listening.

 

4. Qualities & Inner Value

 

  • Awareness of Qualities – recognising, valuing, appreciating, nurturing and encouraging innate qualities within ourselves and others.

  • Learning that we are all unique and special in our own way.

  • Affirmations – simple, short and powerful statements and expressions which inspire, energise and motivate. Affirmations that help encourage positive change in our behaviour, habits, actions and reactions.

 

5. Cultivating Gratitude

 

  • Practices to cultivate a habit of being genuinely grateful and acknowledging everything that we receive, shifting our awareness to what we feel lacking to the abundance around us, helping us to feel more connected.

  • Interconnection – Looking deeply at factors that were needed to bring something into life and being grateful for them.

 

6. Acts of Kindness

 

  • Nurturing kindness allows us to express our generosity of spirit, understanding, empathy, consideration, compassion, friendliness and our thoughtfulness for the needs of others and ourselves.

  • Learning a variety of creative acts of kindness practices and noticing and valuing the kindness shown by ourselves, others, the community, the environment and the world.

  • Learning ways to pass on kindness and the ripple effect that our kind actions have on the people and world around us.

 

7. Mindful Relationships

 

  • Cultivating and using creative methods to form a healthy relationship, interaction and connection with ourselves, our friends, family, community and the world around us.

  • Looking at the ingredients, the qualities, feelings and actions needed for a healthy relationship.

 

8. The Brain

 

  • Learning about the function and connection between the 3 areas of the brain.

  • Amygdala – the fight, flight, freeze, faint and comply response.

  • Hippocampus – logs memories.

  • Prefrontal Cortex - concentration, decision-making, emotional control, sustained attention, self-monitoring, patience, awareness and our sense of wrong and right.

  • Hand Model of the Brain – using the hand to model the brain and its connection and show what happens when we get stressed and which parts of the brain are activated and what we can do to help ourselves.

  • Neuroplasticity – the brains ability to mould and shape itself depending on what we think and what we do repetitively.  

  • Slow Deep Breathing Exercises – to help switch off the stress response and train the brain to strengthen the prefrontal cortex.

 

9. Mindsight

 

  • Perspective taking and Perception – the skill of listening, considering, respecting and interpreting the viewpoints, opinions, thoughts, feelings, intentions, and experiences of other people; fostering our ability to understand, empathise, connect, communicate and socially bond with others.

 

10. Memories and the Future

  • Appreciating Happy Memories - savouring happy memories as a tool to cultivate optimism, alleviate negativity, and prime the brain for learning.

  • Learning from memories and experiences – finding meaning in challenging experiences.

  • Mapping the Future – practices that generate feelings and emotions of dreams, goals and aspirations. Setting a foundation for future experiences.

 

11. The Human Body

  • Learning about the major organs of the human body and their function.

  • Understanding that our thoughts and feelings, the environment, the foods we eat, our attitude, our connection with ourselves and others and our physical movements, all have an influence on the health of our body.

  • Leaning ways to appreciate, help and support our body.

 

12. Whole Foods

  • Encouraging and cultivating an interest in a variety of whole plant-based foods, where they come from, how they are grown.

  • Learning about the benefits of whole foods on different parts of the body and on our general health and wellbeing.

  • Looking at ways to reduce food wastage.

 

13. Mindful Eating

  • Awareness when Eating – using our senses, cultivating appreciation while eating, valuing how the food we are eating helps our body, looking at the factors and conditions that were needed to bring the food in front of us.  

14. Immune System Friends

  • Understanding what the immune system does to help us.

  • Looking at what helps and supports the immune system to do its job well.

  • What supresses the immune system?

  • Friendly Bacteria – ways of increasing the biodiversity of healthy friendly bacteria.

  • Antioxidants – protection from colourful foods.

 

15. Yoga & Mindful Movements

  • The importance of mindful movement to our health and wellbeing.

  • Learning a variety of fun yoga poses and mindful movements - standing, using a chair and on the floor practices.

Please contact me if you are interested in introducing the Children's Wellbeing Programme to your Primary school or Secondary School.