Learning The “Secrets” of Mindfulness

Understanding the Significance of Mindfulness in Education

Healthy stress is known as a natural part of life and happens to be so even in the early stages of life, childhood. We all need to be challenged somewhat in order to grow and develop, both children and adults alike.

However, as much as this be the case, in actual sense what we have seen in the modern education system is a case of the healthy stress being displaced by toxic stress. All in all, toxic stress happens to be the case when the demands that we happen to face in life happens to be far much over and above the ability that you have to deal with the stressor. The following are some of the impacts that toxic stress has on the various categories of people involved in education.

What we will take a look at first is the impact that toxic stress has on the students. Toxic stress will actually have an impact on the attention, emotion and mood regulation, sleep and preparedness for learning in quite a number of classrooms. It gets to be even more troubling when you look at it from the perspective that such prolonged exposure to toxic stress will have such an impact on the child’s mental and physical health.

Educators too have their share of impact to suffer from such toxic stresses. Educators will see the effects of toxic stress in their lives starting out in effects such as decreased productivity and creativity in their duties and these finally grow to be more serious cases such as feelings of anxiety, dissociation, frustrations and finally bear in full swing in complete burnouts. By the way, you need to note the fact that this is actually one major cause of the high turnover rate that has been seen in the teaching fraternity.

Still on the groups affected by toxic stress, it has been equivocally affirmed that this has as well an impact on parents. Thanks to the toxic stress factor, a number of parents have as such resulted to quite a number of parents developing rather poor parenting skills and habits and don’t really bring up their children as effectively by having such an emphatic and present centered approach.

The solution to a number of these problems is mindfulness in education. Mindfulness education is such an ideal solution for a number of these problems, in fact all, for the fact that it is the kind of approach that actually goes way into the root cause of the problem, far beyond the conceptual mind to tackle the problem directly. This happens to be so necessary for the fact that the roots of toxic stress happen to be lie deep into the nervous systems and far beyond the conceptual mind. Certainly, mindfulness is going to be important looking at the fact that it is a process that starts from the point that we start an awareness of the thoughts that we hold, the emotions within us, sensations and the environment within which we are.

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