Positive Effects Of Mindfulness In School

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Mindfulness is known as a “practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one 's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis”(Merriam-Webster). Mindfulness has a multitude of positive effects to the students and teachers and according to Mindfulness in Schools, “... education and health are closely linked. Promoting the health and well-being of teachers and students within schools has the potential to improve teaching and learning and health and wellbeing outcomes.” (Mindfulness). With this, mindfulness can help the students and teachers with their overall state of mind. Mindfulness helps especially with emotional health because it decreases depression, anxiety, and stress (Corliss). …show more content…
“Mindfulness is training your brain to have focused attention and increased emotional regulation” (Rossi). There are many stressors that affect teenagers and causes distractions daily. These everyday distractions cause a major loss in learning. Nowadays teens are “constantly distracted by devices, emotions, etc. Getting focused takes skill and the way to get there is through mindfulness” (Rossi). This describes how our generation tends to focus their thoughts on things that relate to unnecessary things, instead of learning. The decrease of distractions greatly improves their learning abilities and eventually leads to higher test scores. Learning to focus and calming minds take practice and schools should be the ones to help teach it to them. This skill also helps with the developing prefrontal cortex in students. “The prefrontal cortex controls decision making, emotional responses, abstract thinking, etc.” (Wilson). The prefrontal cortex would still be in development to these students, so when they reach towards mindfulness, they can develop their brains in a finer way. When they reach adulthood, their decision making and responses would be more constructive (Wilson). Mindfulness can help students deal with loss, grief, self stress and emotional response (Schwartz). If students are dealing with family issues at home, and it causes issues with learning and self happiness, mindfulness can be the help they can get to deal with these emotions. Studies show that, “In 320 schools, 49.5% of adolescents between 13-17 years old experience at least one disorder (depression, anxiety, etc.)” (Rossi). Students commit suicide or self injuries because of the fact that they do not know what to do with the pressure.With a mindfulness approach, they’ll be positive and know how to cope with the problems. They will be able to cope with their emotions (Rossi). They can accept themselves and their positive emotions. Student behaviors can also

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