Dear Class of 2017… Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do—earn a college degree. Between your commencement speaker and every aunt and uncle at your graduation party, I am sure you are getting a lot of advice. Mindfulness For Kids: Why We Should Be Encouraging Young People To Find Inner Peace Once upon a time mindfulness was reserved for spiritual types sitting cross-legged on the tops of faraway mountains, but these days the mind-calming practice has well and truly gone mainstream. Now, everyone is doing it, from comedian and HuffPost UK blogger Ruby Wax to high-flying bankers ditching the city for a life of peace. But what exactly is it? Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique that involves focusing on the present moment while acknowledging and accepting feelings and thoughts - whether positive or negative. While the practice is certainly helping adults deal with negative tendencies such stress, self-doubt and anxiety, many believe that principles could also be hugely beneficial if used for children and teenagers.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since its inception, MBSR has evolved into a common form of complementary medicine addressing a variety of health problems. The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has provided a number of grants to research the efficacy of the MBSR program in promoting healing (see "Studies" below for information on this research).
9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students Which TED Talks do students love? We asked TED-Ed Club Members around the world to share their favorites. Below, check out 9 great talks recommended by and for young people: 1. Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Bringing mindfulness to the school curriculum Photograph by Cole Garside Aliza Naqvi, a 14-year-old student at Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute in Toronto, carries a key chain strung with seven coloured beads. When she’s feeling stressed or anxious, she can pull it out as a reminder: The first bead, which is blue, stands for “breathe.” Stop, Breathe & Think About Stop, Breathe & Think Documented studies have shown that kindness and compassion have many positive effects. They lead to increased happiness and good feelings, a strengthened immune system and a healthier heart, in addition to more positive interactions and relationships. Mindfulness and meditation have been proven effective in managing stress, anxiety and depression, which can interfere with our ability to be kind, and can negatively impact our relationships and our performance at school or at work. Tools for Peace developed Stop, Breathe & Think, a step-by-step mindfulness, meditation, and compassion-in-action curriculum that guides participants through a variety of mindfulness activities, personal reflection and group discussion.
"Release" Original Film on Middle School Anxiety - Mindful Schools Watch the whirlwind lives of middle school students as they describe their everyday pressures. In this poignant, tender film, they learn the gentle skills of mindful attention and begin to release the grip of stress and anxiety. “Release” was created by one of our graduates, Julie Bayer Salzman. Please watch and share — the world needs to see it. Message from the Filmmaker: “Release” is the 2nd in our series of Mindful Shorts, and it focuses on stress and anxiety as experienced by middle school kids. 70% of middle school students today report feeling “stressed out” — an alarming figure, and a sign that something must be done to help kids manage the sense of overwhelm and frustration they experience so that they can blossom into young adults who are equipped to navigate their way through life’s challenges in a positive, productive way.
Mindfulness at work: what are the benefits? Practising mindfulness can help you to deal with difficult situations in the workplace. Photograph: Alamy Mindfulness. Everybody's doing it. Struggles of our Life - Moral Stories Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen.
Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries -- yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease. John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. His latest work follows a study he and others published earlier this year showing how so-called mind-body techniques can switch on and off some genes linked to stress and immune function. While hundreds of studies have been conducted on the mental health benefits of yoga and meditation, they have tended to rely on blunt tools like participant questionnaires, as well as heart rate and blood pressure monitoring.
Teaching Good Study Habits, Minute by Minute Nobody said that raising an adolescent was easy, and schooling one is even more of a challenge! Parents are taking on a lot of school responsibility, and let's face it -- things are different than they used to be. How are parents supposed to know how to handle the homework load without some guidance? Take studying, for example. If you parent a struggling or resistant learner, you've probably heard more than one person suggest, "She just needs to study more."