Mental Health and Mindfulness Among Students

Happiness in every classroom must be a priority first time, every time. The students engage well only when they are happy. Many people think that mindfulness and happiness are only beneficial for adults because it is only adults that can feel stress. But contrary to popular belief, stress can affect children as well, especially in school. Students experience toxic stress every single day due to pressure to get good grades, increasingly competitive environment and also the uncertainty of the future. Learning is a spectrum which imbibes the personality traits among the children with a page of Mindfulness and Confidence.

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School should not only focus on lessons and grades, but also education for life. The education system should really start to pay attention to the student’s well being too, and mindfulness meditation is one of the best methods for that. It will teach the students to improve their mindful awareness that can help them coping with stress, improve their optimism about life and also improve their performance in school.

It is very common now to hear a third grade students said that they felt like dying when they failed to understand a subject in school or got bad grades. This is why teaching happiness and mindfulness in school is very important. It is an important method to help students cope with stress as well as achieve excellence in learning.

Improve Attention and Cognitive Skill

One of the biggest reasons why students can’t focus in class is because of low attention span. Even straight-A students can lose focus every once in a while and it often make them feel bad about themselves.

Mindfulness meditation can solve this problem because it directly affects the brain, especially the hippocampus part. Practicing mindfulness can help the students to concentrate better. And since it jogs the hippocampus to be more active, their memory and critical learning skill will be improved and help them get better grades.

Develop Better Interpersonal Skill

The competition and also pressure to always be the best in class can affect the student’s social and emotional skill. They tend to only focus on themselves and don’t care about what’s happening around them.

Interpersonal skill is very important to survive in the real world. So, the school must make sure that the pressure to perform well in school will not harm their interpersonal skill. Mindfulness training will also make the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates emotion, more active. As a result, the students will be able to be more empathetic, more sociable as well as improve their behavior in school.

Help Students Coping with Stress

Stress is not a stranger in human’s life and it is also very normal for students to experience stress when facing a challenging time in their education. However, the situation of modern education system often forces the students to experience toxic stress, the kind of stress that can negatively affect their mental health.

The worst thing about this is the fact that majority of the students don’t know how to deal with their stress. This is the most dangerous part about stress. Stress is normal, but if the students don’t know how to cope with it, it will 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. The education system should really start to pay attention to the student’s well being too, and mindfulness meditation is one of the best methods for that. It will teach the students to improve their mindful awareness that can help them coping with stress, improve their optimism about life and also improve their performance in school. We the teachers can just not teach the way we were taught but the fact is that we need to empower ourselves to the novel spectrum of learning to learn as a hobby too.

Best & Cheers on Teaching as a priority!

Mindfulness meditation can solve this problem because it directly affects the brain, especially the hippocampus part. Practicing mindfulness can help the students to concentrate better. And since it jogs the hippocampus to be more active, their memory and critical learning skill will be improved and help them get better grades.

Dr Dheeraj Mehrotra is a renowned Teacher Education Coach, a Premium Instructor of UDEMY, an Author & National Teacher Awardee (2005)