Here at Arden, we feel that mental health is just as important as physical health. We place a great emphasis on our children being happy and healthy in school. It’s natural for any of us, at times, to need a little support to help us reach our full potential and break down our barriers to learning. We embed opportunities and support throughout our curriculum to enable our children and staff to flourish.
Below are some ideas to help you with your mental and physical well-being.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feeling and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them-without believing, for instance that there's a 'right' or 'wrong' way to think or feel in given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Mindfulness practice will benefit physical and mental health, help to relax and focus better on a day to day basis.
Our Movement practices help us to:
Develop body awareness;
Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way;
Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement;
Increase their confidence and positive self-image and to feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group.