You may have heard the term “mindfulness,” but what does it actually mean? Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully paying attention to the present moment.
With the holiday season upon us, it’s important to take a step back to practice mindfulness as we begin to set goals and resolutions for the new year. Plus, becoming more mindful can have a very positive influence in our children’s lives.
What are some of the daily benefits of mindfulness for students?
Teaching mindfulness in the classroom and thereby becoming more mindful allows us to:
- Connect to emotions
- Express feelings verbally
- Develop self-regulation
- Develop compassion
- Improve concentration
- Decrease stress or anxiety
And these are the types of “soft” skills we need to be instilling in our youngest students at the beginning of their educational journey.