When children or students are feeling anxious or worried mindfulness can help some students reset and feel more calm.

Mindfulness is being present in the moment – so, being aware of your body, mind, and feelings and accepting them without judging them as good or bad.

Children and teenagers may respond well to mindfulness that focuses on senses. For example, you could create mindful moments during the day where you take part in an activity with children or students and use all of your five senses (e.g. walking outside).

Some children, including some children with autism, may find mindfulness activities stressful because it lacks structure and a clear goal or purpose. These children may prefer alternative activities that have a clear structure and purpose, and that draw on their strengths and interests.

To access mindfulness exercises, please see the Smiling Mind app that is freely available. You can also access additional information and resources on mindfulness here.