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The Importance of Mindfulness in Education

It is a known fact that not all stress is unhealthy but there is the healthy part of stress that is so important in life even in 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. Here are some of the impacts that toxic stress has on the various people groups involved in education.

The first group we will take a look at is the impact that toxic stress will have 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. The more serious of the case is the fact that such prolonged exposure to toxic stress will have such an impact on the child’s mental and physical health.

Toxic stresses as well will have their toll on educators. 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. As a matter of fact, it is on this that most of the cases and causes of quitting the teaching profession has been attributed.

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.

In an effort to help ease and deal with these problems, it is important for there to be integrated mindfulness education. Mindfulness happens to be the ideal solution for the fact that it going to go way beyond the conceptual mind to get to directly tackle the problem. 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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