Well, ever since then I have continued with my mindfulness meditations and trying to live a more mindful life and it really seems to help. I haven't stopped encountering stress but I can control how I deal with it.
Then I got to thinking; there are a lot of issues with young peoples' mental health at the moment and it seems to be getting worse. I've seen evidence of it myself as a form teacher. As our young people live in a far more pressured world than I grew up in, negotiating constant exams and a minefield of social media, it's no wonder that some are struggling to cope. NHS mental health services for young people are overstretched and I suddenly thought, "Why aren't we teaching mindfulness in schools?"
Well it seems some schools are.
There's a Mindfulness in Schools Project which is training teachers to teach mindfulness to pupils, so I looked into it and I've just told our deputy head I'm interested in training. She's a practitioner and advocate of mindfulness herself and is delighted that I've volunteered because she wanted it to be introduced at school. Talk about good timing!
So I've taken the first step.
Here's the founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project talking about it, watch it and you'll see why we should be teaching this in school: