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Mindfulness Education to Build Healthy Campus

Mindfulness Education to Build Healthy Campus

In the past 30 years, Mindfulness has been broadly applied in medical and psychological fields. Scientific studies and medical experiments have proven that Mindfulness practice could be helpful in different aspects of physical and mental health, such as pressure reduction, or attention, interpersonal relationship and sense of happiness improvement. For the last two decades, many European and American schools have already adopted Mindfulness into their curriculum.

The conception of ‘win at the starting line’ has brought great pressure and anxiety to parents, teachers, as well as students. To prevent psychiatric disorder from affecting our mental health, establishing good resilience to difficulty is vey important and mindfulness practice is proved to be effective in such area.

Some research implemented in schools have shown preliminary result on the benefit of mindfulness practice to students, teachers and parents.

 

Benefits To Students

Making students feel peaceful and relaxed; reducing stress, worry and anxiety; improving attention
(Arthurson, 2015; Bernay et al., 2016; Britton et al., 2014; Costello and Lawler, 2014; Viafora et al., 2015)
Improving sleeping quality
(Arthurson, 2015)
Improving chance to realize anger and stress, in order to reduce catharsis behaviors caused by negative emotions
(Bernay et al., 2016; Costello and Lawler, 2014; Viafora et al., 2015)
Being able to apply Mindfulness in handling anxiety caused by tests and exams, and in dealing with pressure from family and difficulty in social activities
(Bernay et al., 2016; Costello and Lawler, 2014; Viafora et al., 2015)

 

Teachers also found that after a period of Mindfulness practice, students’ psychological status, behavior and class atmosphere have all become better. (Arthurson, 2015; Costello and Lawler, 2014; Bernay et al., 2016)


Benefits to Teachers

After analysis of ten results on the effectiveness of Mindfulness on teachers, scholars have preliminarily concluded that Mindfulness practice may help teachers in the following aspects:

Benefits in personal Benefits in School Education
Pressure reduction; Job Burnout alleviation; Reduction in physiological reaction and cortisol decrease caused by pressure; Improvement of sleeping quality; Reduction in depression and anxious emotions; Improvement in self-care
(Hwang et al., 2017)
Improving students’ emotional sensitivity
(Kemeny et al., 2012)

Students to perform more calmly and neutrally when violating regulations in school
(Gold et al., 2010)

Improving classroom management effectiveness
(Flook et al., 2013)

 

Benefits to Parents

Improving physical and mental health status
(Townshend K., Dip G., Jordan Z., 2014)
Analyzing 7 RCT in parental Mindfulness, scholars come to a preliminary conclusion that Mindfulness practice helps reduce Explicit Behavioral problem of preschool children and reduce parental pressure and chances of ignorance to children’s emotion, ameliorating the observation to their own children’s mental status.
(Chimiklis et al., 2018)

 

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