Students participated in activities looking at methods of relaxation: The increase of school children who are becoming stressed with their everyday workloads, in particular those who are taking public examinations is on the increase.
They learnt what first of all about Mandalas and their use in Buddhism and Hinduism, before identifying what they have been used for by different cultures and societies where they may have seen these geometric shapes before. They discussed the benefits of creating / completing their mandalas on their emotional health and discuss why.
Students were be asked to silently complete their own Mandala while listening to relaxation music for a specific period of time, and emptying their minds of their worries or visualising a positive change that they want to make in their own lives. They had a follow up session where they compete a Yoga lesson and learn relaxation breathing from a Yoga expert. Resources and micro sessions were planned and delivered showcasing other short relaxation tasks which could be completed by students to take place in tutor periods for students, to be used before exams or period of stress by finding the technique which works for them as individuals.
Students made aware of the importance of relaxation alongside their normal lives, and are able to recognise the value of being able to clear their heads of worries and stress. At the end of the activities, they discussed how they felt before/ after completing the different activities and asked how they could apply these techniques to helping their own wellbeing. Pupils were be asked to compete relaxation exercises in their form periods during a week where the focus is on improving health and wellbeing and on a weekly basis for a half term and asked to report back on which activities have proved to be the most useful for them and how they have.
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