Mini-Mindfulness

Mini-Mindfulness and Empowerment Coaching

From Primary to Sixth Form  

Mini-Mindfulness

 Anxiety2Amazing* “It’s Okay To Be Me”

These Mini-Mindfulness and Empowerment Coaching classes have been developed to help Support Young People at School in Primary Education right through to Sixth Form .  By focusing on the strengths of each individual young person, it provides them with the chance to explore a wider range of options and action-steps towards being Amazing. It helps them stretch their minds more effectively so they can keep growing and evolving.

These classes are an investment well worth making in every school. It enables young people to acquire mini-mindfulness skills and Coaching methods, which will help them make a radical shift in their relationship to their thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, as they relate to Stress, Anxiety, or Negative Behaviour patterns.  The empowering skills they learn, enable them to be better prepared for any future challenges ahead on their school journey.

 

*Mini-Mindfulness Classes – For Young People in Primary School

Empowering Young People 2We can tailor this programme to the Schools individual needs. But as a guideline these sessions include simple Mini-Mindfulness and Breathing Exercises; Visualisations; Relaxation Tips and Confidence boosters, to help develop a stronger self-confidence, build resilience and aid self-calm

*Empowerment Coaching – For Young People in Secondary School and into Sixth form

These sessions include essential tools for young Teens to become more engaged in and out of school. It enables them to discover how to develop their strengths; acquire new skills to cope with anxiety and stress; build resilience and be better prepared for future challenges ahead on their school journey.

 

Motivating, Inspiring and Encouraging Without Barriers

mini-mindfulnessThis Conscious Awareness approach, is a fun and easy too use resource for building Resilience in young Children. Particularly those who suffer from Anxiety . Some young children have low confidence and low self-esteem, or have had experiences with Bullying, or the isolation of Home Schooling, or just fear trying to ‘Fit In’ to friendship circles. This Mini-Mindfulness and Empowerment Coaching approach enables them to discover how to  ‘get out of their head and pause for a moment’, .

Our professional and experienced support, and Mini-Mindfulness and Coaching services, are in the best position to make a difference in promoting positive behaviour; leading to improved learning for children with both academic, or creative skills at every level.

We help to challenge and deal with any possible barriers to change. We also ensure that essential time is spent on coaching methods that are beneficial for everyone – including teachers and parents – and that a level of credibility is established early on in the relationship, so that progress is achieved and maintained.

By building effective relationships with children and teachers though a shared Conscious Awareness Coaching in Schools framework, it increases easy access to immediate support, and a greater care and understanding of Child Mental Health and Well-Being within the School environment.

The Challenges that Young People Face at School

Mini-Mindfulness The presenting issues in the school environment, which have been bought to my attention by the young people themselves, are often to do with:

SATs Stress; Exam Stress; High Workloads; Friendship Circles; Trying to Fit in; Body Image; Self Harm; Anger and Aggression; Bullying; Home Schooling; School Phobia; Isolation; Anxiety.

Anxiety, shame, guilt, anger, envy and jealousy are often rooted in low self-opinion. A young person will label themselves in view of what they think they are worth, often on the basis of one or more external factors.. These are known as thinking errors, and can lead to low self-esteem

Some Children’s Thinking Error Statements :

I’m disgusting                       I hate myself                                                 Life’s horrible

I’m worthless                         I’m not good enough                                   I’m a loser

It’s pointless                          I don’t matter                                                 Why bother

It’s all my fault                      There’s nothing I can do about it            My life’s a mess

I’m unlovable                        I’m not a good person                                 I’m bad

This form of thinking is usually consistent with stigmatisation; so untangling self-worth from external ‘measures’ or ‘ratings’, helps to build self-acceptance.

Contact Cathy McCarney on 07970 947024 to arrange a Free Consultation at your School TODAY.

Self-Esteem

Depression IssuesSometimes youngsters can be plagued by constant internal criticism. It is essential then to help them work on how to accept themselves, by putting their ‘mistakes’ into perspective, getting them to change their attitude to these errors, understanding them better. Often they make statements about themselves like ‘This means I must be stupid’ This locks them into a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure.

Statements can also be made by other people around them, who can often make global inferences of one piece of a youngsters bad behaviour. ‘You’re always getting into trouble, you’re useless and not even worth bothering about’ It is inevitable a youngster will then take on this belief of being ‘thoroughly bad and worthless’ once they have heard the same negative statement again and again….

There is a close relationship between thoughts and feelings, so changing the way a person thinks about something helps them to change the way they feel about it, then their beliefs about the world and themselves become crucial to mental health.

Self-Harm:

  • This is sometimes a form of self-punishment because of feelings of guilt and self-hatred
  • It can also offer a sense of control in a life that is otherwise out of control
  • It can be a way of coping and carrying on with living
  • Allows them to feel emotions or to feel alive (as opposed to feeling numb or dead inside)
  • Converts ‘mental pain’ into physical pain, which may be easier for a young person to deal with or get help for
  • Might give temporary relief from unpleasant emotions (eg emptiness, anger, guilt etc)
  • Harms a body which they have come to dislike (perhaps due to sexual abuse)

Some young people may be worried about what might happen if they talk about any of the issues they are dealing with. They may feel confused and unable to communicate their feelings, making them feel as though there is no way out. They may even have lost trust in others

Body Image

Very often youngsters feel repulsed with their own body shape. They become obsessed with their weight, and hold the belief that self-worth depends on their weight and shape, which can then often drive them towards disturbed eating habits. Concerns about their shape and weight can dominate their lives, leading to depression and loss of confidence.

They may want to please others and be liked, sometimes they may not wish to ask for help, or will push help away when it’s offered. They often find it difficult to express emotion, and may seem to undervalue emotions. They are often plagued with self-doubt or fearful of being rejected or abandoned.

Useful Change Tools and Mini -Mindfulness methods in this Coaching Programme, equips each child with resources needed to better understand and help themselves when their self-belief is low, and so gives them the ability to develop a stronger self esteem and positive, healthy, self-image and identity.

Anxiety

Severe anxiety is an emotion which most people would not recognise for what it is. Instead they mistake it for mental illness or serious physical problems.

Anxiety is a natural alert system. But the mind can become confused by the mixed messages it receives from a person’s own self-talk. This can increase the minds need to keep a person ‘safe’, which can lead to avoidance behaviour: causing them to suddenly feel that they are not in control of how they feel and how they react, and increasing the need to withdraw or escape from something that feels threatening.

In many youngsters a common source of anxiety is the ‘fear of failure’

Perfectionism – all-or-nothing-thinking

Perfectionism, produces some youngsters who do well in some things, to focus lopsidedly on their flaws, and so magnify them out of all proportion. Perfectionists see the world in black and white terms, where not achieving precisely what they set out to do becomes a complete disaster in their eyes. Plus they believe everyone is judging them by their own exceptionally high standards, so they think any small mistake is magnified by others in the same way they themselves are viewing it.

Anger

Anger is probably one emotion people have most difficulty acknowledging.  We can split anger into two categories anger-in and anger-out.

Anger in is associated with simmering resentment and brooding over recurrent mistreatment.

Anger-out is linked to repeated cycles of conflict because the expressed irritation has annoyed or provoked others.

Both sufferers from anger-in and anger-out seem to harbour grudges, which in the long run can be bad for the health.

Very often youngsters are made to hold back their true feelings, told to shut up and do as they’re told because grown-ups know better…. this causes a build up of frustration which eventually leads to a repressed anger – an emotional pressure cooker- which then reaches boiling point then explodes.

Behind angry reactions, lie sets of rules, most of which are unwritten. This programme helps children to identify the transgression of their anger, and the meaning of their individual rules, so they can find better solutions in managing their anger more effectively, and teaches them how to recognise the importance of boundaries and adopting a more mindful calmness

Depression

Often caused by a sense of loss – these losses are not always directly associated with bereavements but they can be losses of status, or hope, or self image causing:

·         Feelings of uselessness

·         Feelings of hopelessness

·         Feel unvalued, unloved

Depression makes a person feel compelled to ruminate. But this just involves them going over things again and again in their head. So this programme helps them to take steps to get out of this rumination, and to better understand and manage their depression more effectively

 

Making Changes – Anxiety2Amazing

mini-mindfulnessThis Mini-Mindfulness and Empowerment Coaching in Schools encourages Young People to be proud to say ‘It’s Okay to Be Me’ and it comprehensively teaches them to understand the workings of the mind and body in a simplified and easy to understand manner. It enables them to discover new ways of coping, by integrating Mini-Mindfulness and the motivational approaches of Coaching, which ultimately helps them to identify and implement new behaviours for change.

By exploring the pros and cons of change, this enables the children to evaluate their need for change individually, and in a cognitive and mindful approach.

  • Behaviours
  • Emotions
  • Thoughts, attitudes or beliefs
  • Options for solving a practical problem

What is also important, is that we maintain a record of their progress throughout the programme

  • This can help them stay motivated.
  • To help them think and move ‘outside the box’
  • Help them identify any problems they may have to tackle on their journey
  • To evaluate the intensity of any emotional problems which may crop up, and to look at how how these may interfere with their lives
  • To keep a record of their improvements – creating weekly themes, and supporting them to develop positive ways to feel and act differently
  • To help them grow and evolve as authentic human beings

And from there, they begin to learn how to master their own Life Journey

  • Using positive mindful techniques and taking responsibility of their own actions
  • Working with their strengths and building Resilience
  • Focusing on the inner person
  • Being fair to themselves, and others
  • Helping them to understand they are not less important than other people, and that other people are not less important than them.
  • Being able to negotiate fairly and recognise and respect each others needs.
  • Finding the balance between mindful reflecting and reacting.
  • Helping them to express ‘anger’ in a clear and appropriate manner, so they learn how to be responsible for their own behaviour rather than the person involved in the interaction.
  • To be AMAZING!!!

Contact Cathy McCarney on 07970 947024 to arrange your Free Consultation at your School Today.

Mini-Mindfulness in Schools & Empowerment Coaching Programmes ‘Its Okay To Be Me’

 

 

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