Social And Emotional Health Benefits

1430 Words Apr 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Mindfulness develops your ability to be present, aware of yourself and environment around you, and to develop a greater choice of habits instead of reacting to situations in a pattern of negativity (Ward, 2015). You can practice mindfulness in just about everything you do on a daily basis including, eating, talking, walking, studying, and grocery shopping, with this it can be done while standing, sitting, driving, and laying down. Mindfulness practices have become increasingly popular in the past 15-years society due to a need for continuous social and emotional health growth (Meiklejohn et al., 2012). The increase has lead to mindfulness being used in medical, counseling, and education fields, but for the purpose of this review, we will be only focusing on the education field, specifically teacher and students’ social and emotional health benefits.
There are different Mindful Based Practices that are being implemented in schools across the country. There are programs being taught in colleges for future educators, exposing them to the benefits before ever entering the classroom and professional development opportunities in mindfulness for teachers and staff already in the school systems. Students are also being exposed to the Mindfulness Based Practices through sessions throughout their school years to promote their social and emotional health. Though there are separate opportunities for teachers and students, there are also school-wide programs for the entire school…
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