The child in front of you, as you mark the register, may be physically present but I wonder how often their minds are?
Mindfulness is also strongly associated with the act of kindliness to both oneself and others and as such can help the development and maintenance of better relationships. The mindfulness approach has also been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and in building mental resilience. It is a life skill.
These claims are supported by a range of clinical investigations* which indicate that mindfulness can bring about significant improvements in both physical and mental health. Increasingly, research is being directed towards the impact of mindfulness upon the developing child’s mind and body. It is clear, however, that mindfulness enhances learning, and emotional intelligence; children tend to become kinder to themselves and others, more confident and less judgemental. Mindfulness also helps to support the developing brain from the harmful effects of stress.
*Weare, K.W. (April 2012). Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People. The Mindfulness in Schools Project in association with University of Exeter. Mood Disorders Centre.
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