Benefits of Mindfulness Practice for Students
By Madison Smith, Blog Editor
In today’s busy world, it’s easy to lose focus on the present. Lack of focus causes all to miss out on different experiences in our lives. Staying present allows everyone to know themselves better; improving memory, lessening emotional outbursts, and learning how to deal with stress effectively and communicating our feelings. Mindfulness practice is being incorporated into schools to teach students how to experience the moment without any judgement. The following benefits to students are due to mindfulness practices.
Mindfulness teaches students to stay focused, which is key to preventing daydreaming and procrastination.
Procrastination is a student’s favorite form of self-sabotage. According to Linda Sapadin, psychologist and author of How to Beat Procrastination in the Digital Age: 6 Change Programs for 6 Personality Styles, there are six types of procrastinators. The following include: “Crisis Makers, Perfectionist, Dreamers, Worriers, Defiers, and Pleasers.” First step is identifying the type, then moving on to address the procrastination. Mindfulness is a way to bring students back to the moment and task at hand.
Mindfulness is a great tool to relieve students’ overall stress, along with those that cause test anxiety.
Thirty-eight percent of students in the U.S. struggle with test anxiety. Combating anxiety through mindfulness reduces activity in the part of the brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is central to switching on your stress response, so effectively, your background level of stress is reduced. Lessening stress helps students calm down and focus better.
Mindfulness improves cognitive function that can lead to better grades.
Parents are often unaware of the underlying problem that is leading children to bad grades. They continue to push their child in the hopes of making them succeed, resulting in frustrating the student. Learning difficulties boil down to cognitive status. Formal evaluations are a crucial part in determining the exact root of the problem. Mindfulness can be used to help cognitive function. It is shown to thicken the prefrontal cortex, part of the brain responsible for high-order functions, enhancing our working memory.
Mindfulness creates a positive impact on student’s social skills.
There is a consensus among researchers that social skills are necessary for students to reach their full potential at school. Mindfulness teaches students self-control, respect for others, and solving interpersonal problems These abilities help us recognize and manage our emotions, cope with obstacles and life challenges, and enhance communication skills and good interpersonal relations.
Self-improvement, in all aspects of life, is something adults and children strive for. Mindfulness is a great tool to aid students along, as they work to improve in their academic lives. Incorporation in schools provides easy access to all students. Mindfulness offers the potential benefits listed above, that are a big step in overcoming learning difficulties.