Teach Students To Overcome Toxic Stress
Dheeraj Mehrotra Academic Evangelist, Next Education writes on how mindfulness can help young students to cope with stress as well as achieve excellence in learning
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It is assumed that mindfulness is only beneficial for adults as only adults feel stressed. But it quite the contrary. Children can be affected by stress too, especially in academic stress. Students experience toxic stress every day thanks to the pressures of getting good grades, the increasingly competitive environment and also the uncertainty of the future.
Today, it has become very common to hear Class III students feel miserable only because they failed to understand a particular subject or got bad grades in an exam. This is why teaching mindfulness in school, at a very impressionable age is very important. It is an important method to help young students cope with stress as well as achieve excellence in learning.
Improves Attention and Cognitive Skills
One of the biggest reasons why students can’t focus in class is because of a low attention span. Even those who are toppers can lose focus every once in a while. This often leaves students feeling bad about themselves.
Mindfulness and meditation can solve this problem as it directly affects the brain, especially the hippocampus which is associated with memory, particularly long-term memory. Practicing mindfulness can help the students concentrate better. And since it jogs the hippocampus to be more active, their memory and critical learning skills will improve and help them get better grades.
Develops Better Interpersonal Skill
The competition and also the pressure to always be the best can affect a student’s social and emotional well-being. They tend to focus on themselves and do not care about their surroundings.
To have good interpersonal skill is very important. It is the means to survive in the real world. Educational institutions must make sure that the pressure to perform does not harm a child’s interpersonal skill. Mindfulness training will also make the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates emotion more active. As a result, students will become more empathetic, sociable as well as improve their behaviour in school.
Helps Cope With Stress
Stress is not a stranger in our life and it is also very normal for students to experience stress. However, the challenges of modern education system often forces students to experience the kind of stress that can negatively affect their mental health.
It is a sad truth, but like adults a large percentage of students do not know how to deal with their stress. This can prove to be quite dangerous. It can lead to various problems from inability to regulate mood, impaired attention, even physical problems and depression.
School should not only focus on lessons and grades, but also education for life. Our education system should pay attention to the students’ well being too, and mindfulness meditation is one of the best methods to do that. It can teach the students to improve their mindful awareness that can help them cope with stress, improve optimism about life and also improve their performance in school.
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