Stress and anxiety appear to have a firm hold on our school environments. The joy of learning is taking a backseat to the panic of academic performance.
It does not have to be this way.
The science and data around the benefits of mindfulness in education are substantial. Mindfulness can reduce unhealthy stress while increasing focus. This combination (less stress, more focus) translates into improved learning, greater retention, and an enhanced sense of well-being.
Regular mindfulness practice helps students, teachers, and parents better understand the brain and the many ways it can shape how we experience school and life.
For students—Research indicates that compassion can be a powerful antidote for stressed-out students. It can build resilience, bolster motivation and lower levels of anxiety and depression
For teachers—Mindfulness practices can provide the inner strength to be powerfully present and emotionally responsive. As a result, teachers become effective guides, and influential models of healthy social and emotional behavior.*
For parents—Though it’s the last thing we want to do, parents often transfer their own anxiety to their children. Mindfulness and intentional compassion practices can help parents be sources of steadiness and positive inspiration for our children.
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