“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non judgmentally.”
Some students have used guided meditation to help fight exam stress while at Redmoor with great success. This was set up a few years ago and had a good uptake from both boys and girls during PSHCE in the exam period. During these sessions they would do 10-15 minutes of guided meditation from the headspace app followed by some mindful colouring. This gave students some much needed downtime from the stresses that GCSE’s bring.
There are a number of online apps that offer guided meditations for a course of time. These apps include, Headspace, Calm, Stop Breathe Think, Inner Timer and many more. Guided meditation has known benefits to a number of different things including reducing stress, improving mental well being and recognising anxiety.
Here is a link that directs you to the NHS website going over some of the benefits of mindfulness meditation. It also has a link to a short Youtube clip of mindful breathing exercises.