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Mindful Children and Mindful Classrooms

Creating an environment for calm and beautiful minds of the future, together and from now.  “We begin by paying attention to breath” Mindfulness is being aware of the present and being in the present. It is a mental state achieved by focussing awareness on the present moment and calmly acknowledging the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations.  Its a vacation for the mind from all the constant running and chasing actions and reactions. Sometimes we need to just sit and not chase anything.  Practicing mindfulness directly impacts our ability to focus on the task at hand. Learning, teaching, parenting or any other aspect of our life.  Mindful Children Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness.  Mindfulness helps kids with anxiety and trains them to be happy with the present moment. There is an environment of constant stimulus all around us - media, apps, devices, gadgets, games and more. It helps cope with this constant stimulus and gives body and mind, that well-deserved break. At times we ourselves are lost, anxious and unhappy. Being an adult is not easy, growing up is harder as well. Our children are dealing with daily challenges of their own, navigating relationships, trying to make sense of study materials, balancing through bodily and hormonal changes, understanding the social environment around them, different levels of friendship and many more things for the first time and much more constantly. Mindfulness and being aware of this situation can help them to navigate the world better. And, in the later part of their lives to understanding and build good relationships with their work, relations, situations, and overall life. Mindfulness truly helps their mind and body, it can...

  • Improve the capacity to deal with mental and physical pressure better. 

  • Improve official capacities in the cerebrum like psychological control, working memory, intellectual adaptability, and improved grades.

  • Improve attentiveness and motivation control. 

  • It assists with social nervousness, promotes good habits and overall  brain development

~ Marilyn Wedge Ph.D., Psychology Today  Source: Meet Mindful  Mindful Classrooms  Mindful Classrooms holds the future of education and students. For a stable environment for kids -  teachers, school system and parents at home are all important. Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fosters the resilience of teachers and studentsEarly research results on three illustrative mindfulness-based teacher training initiatives suggest that personal training in mindfulness skills can increase teachers’ sense of well-being and teaching self-efficacy, as well as their ability to manage classroom behavior and establish and maintain supportive relationships with students.  Mindfulness Training and Teachers' Professional Development is also emerging as an area of research and practice. It helps teachers to manage their own stress, emotions, and social behavior. Students look up to their teachers and mimic their behaviors. Mindful teachers are all mindful role models.  Greater Good Magazine has round-up of research on mindfulness in schools  Mindfulness helps classrooms, schools, and communities 

  • Better student-teacher and student-student relationships

  • Better focus and concentration in studies

  • Improvement in class performance and student outcomes

  • Less stressed teachers and happier classrooms

  • A healthy and happier school environment 

  • Peaceful and happier communities 

  • A good predictor of student success. 

You can begin your mindfulness journey by taking small steps and experiencing bite-sized mindfulness practices. Such short but consistent practices can help kids with and happier lives. Take a mindful break now. Breathe!   Schoolze enables your teachers to spend more time focusing on themselves. Effortlessly bring Empathy, Mindfulness, & Growth Mindset into your community. Contact us to get started with a free 1 month trial for your school.   Image Source - Pixabay 

Originally published June 19, 2019

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