Understanding the Significance of Mindfulness 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. 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. 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.
What we will take a look at first is the impact that toxic stress has 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. What makes this all the more worrying a trend is the fact that such cases of prolonged exposure to toxic stress will have quite an impact on the child’s mental and physical health going into the future.
Toxic stresses as well will have their toll on 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. By the way, you need to note the fact that this is actually one major cause of the high turnover rate that has been seen in the teaching fraternity.
The other group in the education system that has as well been affected by toxic stress are the 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.
By and large, a number of these problems that we happen to face can be easily sorted by adopting mindfulness and having this in education. Mindfulness happens to be such an ideal solution for a number of these cases for the fact that it is going to get deeper into the problem diagnosis and dealing with it as it goes way beyond the conceptual mind to the very root cause of the problem. Remember the fact that this is so necessary for the fact that the roots of toxic stress lie in the nervous system. Mindfulness actually develops from the point where we start being as aware of the thoughts that we have, emotions, sensations and the environment around us.