Mindfulness and Education
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Mindfulness in Education is a relatively new concept, but one that seems to be proving itself beneficial, helping children to increase their concentration, awareness of those around them, and improving both academic and social skills.
Mindfulness in schools can also improve student behavior and create a more positive environment for all students.
Children much like adults have many stressors in their life. These stressors leave children feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and confused.
These feelings can lead to emotional outbursts, and inability to concentrate on the task at hand and an overall feeling of self doubt.
All of these things can interfere with a child's ability to learn, or to enjoy learning.
Often, children's minds are filled with worry and over-stimulation on an ongoing basis, that they feel internal pressure and confusion.
Practicing mindfulness in schools is a great way to help children slow down, feel calmer, and help them think more clearly. It is easy to practice mindfulness in a classroom setting.
- Starting the Day Off Right Mindfulness and Education
Most children start the day off all ready feeling rushed and stressed.
In a relatively short period of time they have to get up, get dressed, groom themselves, eat breakfast, and get on the school bus or into a car all the while trying to remember their books, homework, and other necessary items.
They arrive at school with their bodies and minds already racing, and are expected to switch gears and become quiet and attentive in the classroom.
This is a difficult task for some children.
However, if each school day starts off with a few moments of mindfulness, something as simple as a breathing exercise where the children are able to focus on just one thing, breathing in and out, both their bodies and their minds have a chance to slow down, relax, and re-focus.
They then will be able to let go of stress and worries, and focus only on what is happening in the Now.
This allows a child's mind to clear off distracting thoughts and their body to relax. They then feel more comfortable and focused, and are better able to concentrate on the lessons at hand.
- Spacing Mindfulness Exercises Throughout the Day Mindfulness and Education
When mindfulness exercises are spaced throughout the day, children have a few moments to recharge, making it easier to refocus on the tasks at hand.
When a child's mind is clear they are better able to concentrate and control their emotions, and thus better their behavior.
When mindfulness is practiced at home as well as at school, children find they are better able to learn and comprehend what they are studying.
Even more importantly, schools who use mindfulness to enhance the education process find that not only do children learn better, they enjoy learning more, and both grades and attitudes improve dramatically.
Best of all children feel better about themselves, their classmates and the entire education process.