Programmes for Education

Mindfulness is applicable to both students and staff.  


MINDFULNESS FOR HEALTH &

WELL-BEING


Who is it for?

Mind Matters have the capabilities to take teachers/lecturers through shorter sessions to provide an overview of a Mindfulness programme, which would allow the teaching staff to apply mindfulness techniques in the classroom.

For students it is particularly helpful at times of greater stress in the academic calendar:

For example: In the run-up to examinations.

Mindfulness is also very helpful in helping students to deal with difficult and stressful personal situations and to enhance concentration for more effective learning. 

What are the benefits?

  • Enhancement of general well-being
  • Improved ability to relax
  • Improved ability to focus and learn
  • Reduction of stress and the impact of stressful situations
  • Enhanced personal performance
  • Increased personal resilience and ability to deal with negative thoughts
  • Enhanced clarity of analysis and thought

How will it take place?

The interventions or courses would be agreed with the individual educational establishment dependent upon the circumstances and desired outcomes. Our input could take the form of a regular slot within the timetable, a specific set of workshops or an independent counselling service. 

MIND, BODY, NUTRITION & EATING PSYCHOLOGY


Who is it for?

In a time when we are bombarded with facts and information regarding how obesity is affecting the health of the nation, this programme is for educational establishments wishing to integrate key knowledge, skills and techniques within the student population to help to combat this issue. 

This programme provides a sustainable solution which can be applied to everyday issues with food, nutrition and overall health. Rather than trot out the tired old messages, Mindfulness applied in this context engages students practically to change the relationship with food and nutrition and assists in breaking the harmful links and myths between body image, weight and well-being.

What are the benefits?

  • Development of strategies for natural appetite regulation
  • Recognition of the hidden contributors to weight gain
  • Gaining the ability to let go of yo-yo dieting
  • Development of easy to practice tools for binge eating
  • Development of the capacity to recognise the connections and triggers between metabolism and emotion
  • Gain powerful strategies for the development of a positive body image
  • A growth in self-esteem from successfully applying the techniques

What will you do?

The format of any input would be agreed with the educational establishment. As an example, public courses take place over a period of eight weeks and consist of input by Clinical Psychologists, Mindfulness experts and Eating Coaches. 

Each weekly session lasts two hours. Input is provided on the causes and triggers for eating issues, our relationship with food and struggles with body image and weight.

It helps to develop specific techniques to help you create a sustainable relationship between body, mind and nutrition.

It assists in developing:

  • Tools for working with emotional eating
  • An understanding of the nutritional power of pleasure
  • Tools for mood regulation
  • The ability to deal with stress more effectively

Mind Matters is a certified coach of the World's leading school in Nutritional Psychology.

SELF HARM &

SUBSTANCE MISUSE


The Problem

There is an increasing body of data which indicates a growing trend of both self-harming and substance abuse in students of school age. 

The causes of both can be many and varied but they ultimately lead people into making damaging personal choices.

Those involved with young people who self-harm need to be able to offer the appropriate support but a lack of knowledge, concern about saying the wrong thing, fear and stigma are barriers to them providing the help that is so clearly needed.

1 in 12 children and young people in the UK self harm and over the last 10 years this has increased by 68%. 

The Cello research group recently reported that 80% of teachers want clear, practical help around the management of self-harm

A Solution

There is already considerablescientific evidence in the form of brain scans that Mindfulness can change the wiring (neural pathways) of the brain in relation to problems such as depression, substance abuse and eating disorders.

Self-harm ordinarily begins with thoughts of self-loathing, self-blame and self-criticism and feelings of inadequacy.

In order to end self-harm the view we hold of ourselves needs to change. A good starting point is with our self-critical thinking and negative thoughts. Mindfulness helps change our relationship with our thoughts by showing us how to remain grounded in the present moment rather than time travelling to the past or to the future

Mindfulness helps us to observe and note thoughts, positive or negative, without feeling the need to act upon them.

The link between stress and addiction is well-known. Stress increases the likelihood of alcohol and drug use, and can precipitate relapses following treatment. Clinicians and researchers recognise the critical need to incorporate stress management techniques into inpatient and outpatient treatment. The goal is to assist clients to replace substance use with healthy coping skills when confronted with the inevitable stressors that threaten sobriety. 

Improved treatment retention and relapse prevention are desired outcomes of the challenging search for evidenced-based programs for recovering addicts.

Mindfulness will not bring an immediate solution for either self-harming or substance abuse but it does provide tools and techniques, which with practice, can make a huge and positive contribution in this area.

Our Input

Mind Matters can assist by designing programmes to be delivered directly to students or by training the teaching community.


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