Thousands of children are set to practice mindfulness and meditation at school to help them cope with the “pressures of the modern world.”
Pilot schemes in 370 primary and secondary schools have been introduced to test out alternative approaches to improving children’s mental health.
The Department for Education revealed that the trial, which is due to run until 2021, will teach pupils mindfulness, relaxation and breathing exercises to help them to regulate their emotions.
Additionally students will also have sessions with mental health experts.
Mindfulness is a popular meditation technique, which encourages people to refocus the brain to concentrate on the present moment.
According to the NHS mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way to prevent depression in people who have had 3 or more bouts of depression in the past.
So it makes sense that the simple practice could help to improve the mental health of children.
Experts believe meditation can have several beneficial effects on children’s emotional, mental and intellectual development helping children to tune into themselves, sleep better and develop better social skills.
Meditation can also help enhance memory, improve behaviour, and encourage kids to cope with difficult situations.
In one study, mindfulness exercises including meditation were found to significantly reduce anxiety and improve emotional control in children.