It is no secret that times have changed a lot over the last decade or so. Within school communities, there is a shift in working on the wellness for all those who are within buildings. This is not simply making school meals healthier and ensuring that physical activity is included daily. The reality is that everyone in schools is more stressed. Students are faced with many different factors in their lives that may add stress to the school day. Adults working in the world of education have more responsibilities and must meet the needs of children in their classrooms. This means that many schools are incorporating alternative wellness activities that work calming people and self-reflection.
Mindfulness is Important
When children have too much stress in their lives, they may not be able to concentrate; they may be unorganized, and they may act out inappropriately. Many times, this is their only way to cope, and it is a sign for others to pick up on. Research has shown that alternative wellness skills like mindfulness help to improve all of these including the academic success of students.
Mindfulness programs work with students, teachers, families, and other members of the school community to have tools to handle stress which may be toxic to their life. The reality is that we must be aware of the social and emotional needs of children. When we do not do this, things begin to fall apart. This holistic approach is usually accomplished with programs that teach others to be mindful. When emotions are on edge, it is very hard for an individual to be able to reason and concentrate on tasks at hand.
Promoting Mindful Programs in Schools
Research has shown that when emotions are not well managed, thinking may be compromised. Therapists and others are not promoting mindful programs in their schools. Many of these have specific things which must be done by the teachers, counselors, students, and families at home. They need to have everyone on board to be as successful as possible.
While there are a wide variety of different programs out there, most incorporate skills for children to learn how to channel nervous energy. Over time, they learn how to use what they are taught in sessions to manage their internal conflicts and stress to be able to focus. This gives them the ability to take on stress at home and school in a different way.
It is important to research different mindfulness programs to see what will be best for your school population. Look to see how they address different factors which are in your community and reach out to others who have used them to see what helped them to be successful.
What have you tried in your schools to help students with mindfulness and overall wellness? Please share in the comments below the age levels and any information which may help others starting this process.