All students studying at The School of Textiles and Design are to have the opportunity to participate in a Mindfulness course, as a means of improving decision making, learning and creativity whilst also reducing the high level of stress which some students can experience.
Successful completion of a degree programme can involve periods of stress, such as in the run up to examinations, which demand particularly high levels of cognitive control, emotional regulation and self-awareness. The aim of mindfulness training for our students is to give them the tools to help them remain calm, sustain their attention and to focus more consistently and appropriately in the face of these demands.
The mindfulness training being delivered by local social enterprise, Peer 2 Peer Mindfulness CIC, can teach students to pay attention to the present moment through simple breathing and meditation practices which increase awareness of thoughts and feelings so as to reduce stress and anxiety and boost levels of attention and concentration instead of worrying about the past or future events in their lives.
Brian Turnbull, founder of Peer 2 Peer Mindfulness CIC said, “Mindfulness is a simple yet effective technique of living in the present moment which can be learnt on a short course, and which can enable participants to gain more enjoyment from life. It is excellent for supporting our health and well-being by decreasing stress levels and rebalancing emotional systems to empower a shift in mindset in order to uncover new more innovative ways of thinking and working.”
Eight mindfulness courses for students will commence in the first week of term and involves a weekly 2 hour period tuition over a nine week period.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.