Why Mindfulness is Needed in Education
Stress, as a matter of fact is an important part of life and as a fact, not all stress is bad as there is the healthy part of life even in the early stages of life. We all need to be challenged somewhat in order to grow and develop, both children and adults alike.
This be as it is, the modern education system has seen the healthy stress displaced and its place taken by toxic stress. One can be said to be facing toxic stress in the event that the demands that they have in life get to outplace their ability to get coping with these particular demands. The following is a look at some of the ways and the impacts that toxic stress has on the various people groups in the education system.
The first group we will take a look at is the impact that toxic stress will have on the students. Some of the impacts and effects of toxic stress on students will be such as on emotion and mood regulation, attention, sleep and the readiness for learning in 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.
The other segment that is unduly impacted by toxic stress are the educators. As for the educators, in most cases the effects of toxic stress will set off in issues such as decreased productivity and creativity in what they do, feelings of anxiety, dissociation, frustrations and these will finally end up in a situation of a total burnout. 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. This has basically led to poor parenting habits where many parents have not quite been as effective at having an emphatic, present centered relationship with their children and instead approach it from a “to do” list style of parenting.
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. By and large, mindfulness happens to be taking off from the point where we start out on a journey to be aware of the thoughts we have, the emotions, sensations and the environment that we are in.