.breathe is a 4-session course aimed at introducing mindfulness with 9-14 year olds as a way of enhancing well-being. At a time when students are facing or moving through ‘school transition’, this short course offers an opportunity for students to ‘dip their toes in mindfulness’, exploring the ways in which this might support them through the highs and lows of adolescent life.

The course was developed by Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) as part of a large scale research project in the UK called ‘Healthy Minds’ Bounce Forward. The overall conclusions of this study were very positive, with statistically significant improvements across a full range of Health-Related Quality of Life, behavioural and emotional well-being measures.

The programme explores:

  1. Attention: Training our skills and how to work with a wandering mind
  2. Worry: Why we worry and how we can help ourselves when we do
  3. Sleep: Why it is important and what we can do to sleep well
  4. Being with others: Working skilfully with friendships and other relationships, in person and online.

Sessions are designed to last between 30 minutes and one hour, to be delivered once a week for four weeks.

Each session includes:

  • Learning about brain function
  • Short mindfulness practices
  • Animations
  • Discussion
  • Exercises to practice at home and at school

Have a go at this practice to see for yourself how mindfulness works.
Learn how kindness and patience are needed to train the mind.