The mindful run report

The mindful run report

About, Mindfulness, Wellbeing
Did you know that ASICS is an acronym for the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano, a healthy mind in a healthy body? Kihachiro Onitsuka, the company founder and quite possibly a father of the modern global running movement, chose this as the company name and motto when he merged his successful Tiger shoe company with two other Japanese enterprises in 1977. Now ASICS is not my favourite brand of running shoes, and I have reservations about the fairly narrow range of people chosen for their FrontRunners programme, but when the Mindfulness in Schools Project sent out a call for runners to represent their small charity in the ASICS London 10k this year, I willingly volunteered. Given that mindfulness and running are two of the best ways I know…
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Overwhelm – the scourge of lockdown life: how to beat it in three easy steps

Overwhelm – the scourge of lockdown life: how to beat it in three easy steps

Coaching, Mindfulness, Wellbeing
Overwhelm. What does the word mean to you? How does it make you feel? Is there a knot in your stomach when you consider it? Do thoughts of ‘shoulds’ start racing through your head? I’m hearing it everywhere, from my A Level students to my 12-year-old, and amongst a number of friends too. That sinking feeling that there so much to do that you’ll never achieve it all, and it’s so tempting to not even start – to just bury your head in the sand and wait for it all to be over. But we’re supposed to be doing it all, aren’t we? Working, home schooling, studying, learning a new language, achieving world peace? At the start of the lockdown, I fiercely resisted this idea. This is a weird time,…
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How to respond when education as you knew it is no more

How to respond when education as you knew it is no more

Exams, Mindfulness, Wellbeing
Wow, what a week! The world has changed beyond recognition in the last few days, and no more so than in education. There’s been a lot of anxiety and confusion around social distancing and how this relates to the seemingly contradictory decision to keep UK schools and colleges open. Students and teachers have been in limbo and it’s been hard to focus on anything except watching for the latest news updates. The news we've all been waiting for Gavin Williamson’s announcement this evening changed all that: schools closing and exams cancelled. People have asked for both of these in recent weeks, but the suddenness of the announcement is shocking, especially given the very recent U-turn on the “herd immunity” policy, which looked like it was putting children and education staff…
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