Evidence That It Works
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 physical health benefits, including better sleep quality.
Why Does It Matter?
Taking a moment to center ourselves can help us to become less reactive to mental events as well as real-life events. With time, we can then learn to respond more constructively to stressful experiences and interpersonal conflicts at school and at home. Indeed, teachers who practice mindfulness report reduced interpersonal problems and more emotionally supportive relationships with the students in their classrooms.