Evidence That It Works
The “raisin meditation,” a key practice featured in Jon Kabat- Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, is one of the most basic and widely used methods for cultivating mindfulness. In addition to increasing mindfulness more generally, this practice can promote mindful eating and help you to foster healthier relationship with food.
MBSR, which has been adapted and studied over the last several decades, includes other practices like the body scan, a walking meditation, and mindful breathing. Research tells us that these practices help people to manage chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and symptoms of distress.
In fact, teachers who practice mindfulness for just a few weeks report a range of positive outcomes, including a decrease in burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression. They also experience a range of physical health benefits, including better sleep quality.
Why Does It Matter?
As we increase our sensory and mental awareness, mindfulness can help us to navigate our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors at school and at home so that we ultimately respond to others more constructively. Teachers who practice mindfulness report reduced interpersonal problems and more emotionally supportive relationships with the students in their classrooms.