What are the benefits?
Mindfulness is a proven technique to support your mental health and wellbeing.
Research has found that mindfulness can help you feel calmer, bring clarity and enhance your creativity and awareness. Other benefits, include:
- reduced rumination (continuously thinking about upsetting situations and things)
- reduced stress, including occupational stress, anxiety and depression
- improved focus and working memory (being able to recall and use relevant information)
- improved health through better immune function (resistance to disease) and slower ageing
- increased self-awareness, social awareness and self-confidence
- greater emotional intelligence, compassion (to self and others) and prosocial behaviours
- better and more flexible problem-solving abilities
- stimulating new connections and cell growth in the brain
- better resilience and coping with pain and life challenges.
Why should educators practise mindfulness?
Educators who adopt a mindfulness practice bring a present-moment awareness into the classroom.
The modern world is full of distraction and disconnection for children and young people through the overuse and misuse of technology and social media. Mindfulness, on the other hand, naturally translates to supporting children and young people’s wellbeing and increasing connection. Educators can positively influence wellbeing and learning by understanding, modelling and embedding mindfulness principles within learning communities.
Gently redirecting children and young people to the present moment and self-awareness benefits them by:
- improving resilience (building skills to cope better with stress)
- increasing their ability to self-regulate emotions through breathing and other grounding techniques, especially difficult emotions such as fear and anger
- improving empathy (their ability to understand how another person is feeling, which helps them to build positive relationships) and prosocial behaviours
- supporting learning and academic performance, including reducing exam anxiety.
By practising mindfulness, you can support your own wellbeing and that of the whole learning community.
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Mindfulness is a proven technique used to reduce stress and help people cope with tough times.