A state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community (WHO, 2007).
Emotional wellbeing is described by the National CAMHS Support Service (2011) as:
A positive state of mind and body, feeling safe and able to cope, with a sense of connection with people, communities and the wider environment.
What is mindfulness?
Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.
“It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour,” he says.
“An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a banister as we walk upstairs.”
“Another important part of mindfulness is an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment.”
“It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.”
Taken from the NHS website.
At Willow Wood we understand the importance art can have on mental health and wellbeing. We have a Mindful Art Club which allows children the opportunity to be present in the moment. Click here to view the pictures from the club.
Activities for children to support their mental health and wellbeing: