Does Mindfulness Training Really Work For Preparing Students To Be In The Moment?

Guest Blogger, Jason Phillips

Numerous things take place within your mind at the same time. More so, when you are students, it feels challenging to concentrate on the present moment and focus on the things that will benefit your learning. In such moments, the practice of mindfulness is very essential; it helps you to concentrate on the things that are happening around you. Mindfulness gives you the chance to pay more attention to the present moment without feeling confused about how it should be. This practice eliminates the feeling of judgment hence making you open to the activities that are surrounding you. It has proven to yield results for both adults and students in various capacities. If you are yet to incorporate mindfulness in your practice, here are a few benefits of using the practice.

Improves both Mental and Physical Health

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Mindfulness has proved to help people in various ways. It works to ensure that the general well-being of a person is observed in multiple ways. With practicing this form of meditation, it gives you the ability to relieve stress, reduce chronic pain, treat heart disease, improve sleep, lower blood pressure and several other things. All these conditions, if you are not able to deal with them at a time, they will have an impact on general learning performance. Therefore, for you to concentrate more on the present, it’s common that you would need to deal with the present situation with its crisis. Additionally, for most people, dealing with the situation results in taking on a practice that will help you forget about the present moment for a short while. In other words, your forms of handling things will result in a mental problem. Mindfulness can help you deal with things such as substance abuse, anxiety disorder depression and other types of disorders. Instead of giving an opening where you will start to practice tolerance to the situation, mindfulness offers you an opportunity to understand the experiences and accept the way they are with their emotions and pains. This helps you to deal with the present moment with avoiding responsibilities.

Improve Academic Success

For students, the present moment is their studies. Therefore, if mindfulness gives you the opportunity to concentrate on the present moment and have the ability to handle the situation as it is, then, it enhances the ability for students to concentrate and focus on their academics. Every student has the desire of excelling in their academics. However, some things will always pull them down and prevent them from achieving their goals. Mindfulness will help to eliminate all external stress to ensure you have an open opportunity to make an academic success.

Boosts Resilience and Provide Support

As a private tutor, the need for ensuring you have a well round student is very critical. However, the practice is not possible especially if your students are surrounded with numerous that affect their general health. The method of mindfulness, however, plays a significant role to ensure that the student is well prepared to focus on the present moment. It improves empathy, emotion regulation, social skills and coping, mood, self-esteem and confidence, and the ability to focus. Additionally, mindfulness boosts resilience, which is a beneficial skill. It helps students to cope with struggles and helps them to regulate and understand their emotions hence develop psychologically, emotionally and academically. Integrating mindfulness with other cognitive therapy has also proved to motivate and quicken results. This is because it reduces the emotional problem faster hence boosting resilience and other social-emotional skills to ensure well-rounded results.

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Conclusion

Lastly, the practice of mindfulness is also useful for people in a working environment. There are often when the office chances schedules and working hours. This method is likely to affect your other place hence result to loss of concentration or emotional destruction. This in return will affect your performance and consistency. However, the practice of mindfulness in such chances will ensure that your resilience is activated. Additionally, it will reduce fatigue, stress and psychological distress. If there are employees with poor mental health issues, integrating the practice of mindfulness and other cognitive therapy will ensure they improve and become better employees within a short period.

Author Bio: Jason Phillips is a regular contributor at many sites and mainly focuses on kids related topics. He also works for a site smiletutor.sg which offers online tuition services in Singapore.

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Tips For Teaching Kids To Balance School and Sports

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Guest Blogger, Wendy Dessler

As a parent, you know how hard it is to fit everything into your family schedule. Your kids have school, sports, dance, clubs, and friends. They have LOTS of friends.

Not only are you transporting and supporting all of their activities, you have your own career, a home to keep up, a relationship to nurture, and your own friends and activities, which are just as important to you as theirs are to them.

It seems like you are the only parent that struggles with this. You are not. This is a challenge for every family and you will have to work on it as a family. By setting up a plan of action that includes all members of the family, everyone gets their rewards, and everyone understands the sacrifice the other is making for them.

This is how care, responsibility, and respect is mastered and taught.

School

Most of us would agree that education must come first. The child primarily must put energy, stamina, and time into their schoolwork before you can cut that up to include other activities. The average American kid spends 6 hours per week on homework. This must be allowed into the schedule or, the kid will probably rush through it or not do it at all in order to get to dance class or football practice.

Making a chart (sorry, but it must be done)

Make a chart that shows the average week of each member of your family. Show how much time mom and dad can give in transporting, attending, and help with activities. Use different colors for each person. Children learn better when they can visualize things. It is also an eye-opener for you. Include the schedules of other kids in the family. Show what their interests cost in money and time.

Schedule in downtime

It is hard to say, “Sunday is a family day!” and stick to it. Sooner or later, someone’s life will interrupt your Sunday and then it is fair game for all players. Schedule your time in small windows that work for everyone.

Schedule in downtime. These are pockets of time that the child has no responsibilities, Use these windows to teach the child how to unwind and release his mind. Some children have a very hard time understanding relaxation.

Create a budget

Like an allowance, a child must learn to consider the cost of the things they want. Set a budget and show them when you apply things to the budget. This includes:

  • Entry fees
  • Clothes and footwear
  • Travel expense
  • Cost of extra gear

Teach them to work the budget

This is a perfect opportunity to teach your child how to handle money and get more for his dollar. For example, if you buy their dance dresses on clearance, you can show them that leaves more dollars for other things.  

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Special occasions

By now you should be at a point where the child understands the time and money restrictions. Let them have a say in what they do with the amount of money allotted.

For example, your child may want to take all of her friends to the skating rink for her birthday. By the time you buy tickets, reserve the party room, buy the cake, and gifts, this has turned into a major expense that will last 2 hours. Give her that option.

But then suggest other options. Maybe a Rainbow themed birthday sleepover would be fun. She can invite a few of her friends over for a sleepover. You can easily decorate her room in rainbows. You can buy rainbow colored candy from Sweet Services and make a candy buffet. Don’t worry, they have sugar-free and allergy-friendly candy.  Your child has a unique party, she has more time to celebrate, and she saves a ton of money.

How to Deal With Common Social Challenges: Spotlight and Giveaway of Social Leaning Books

Guest Blogger, Charity Allen from Social Learning Group

Ever struggle with patiently parenting your kiddos through any of these challenges?

  • Being too bossy
  • Difficulty compromising
  • Getting worried
  • Being inflexible
  • Being too silly
  • Fairness

As parents and educators, we too were hungry for high-quality and kid-friendly resources to help our own children (and our students) develop social skills around common social challenges.

Despite searching far and wide, we couldn’t find the right tools…and so, we made them.

After two years of development with educators and specialists, we are excited to now be using the best resources ever to proactively address common social challenges with our own children and our students!

Get ready to meet The A-Team – a friendship group whose members help each other with social skills & common social challenges in class, at school and also with friends!

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Each book in the series unfolds from the perspective of one of the A-Team members as they struggle on just one specific social skill challenge. As you read a book, you join the characters as they participate in their A-Team meetings, led by their teacher Ms. Corina. Their meetings are where they learn specific strategies and get Top Secret Missions that help them get better at dealing their social challenges.

In this way, parents and educators will find these books to be an invaluable resource for teaching social skills to ALL kids.

The books are all beautifully illustrated and instantly relatable to kids! Parents who were dealing with common social challenges before will now be able to support their kids with specific strategies outlined in digestible bites each book. What a relief!

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Come visit us at sociallearning.org where you can learn more about the A-Team, find resources, get ideas for activities for social learning in our blog posts and get a copy of your favorite A-Team books to use with your kiddos!

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More books are coming each month, so subscribe to our blog or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the latest releases!

Dealing with a different social challenge with your kiddo? Send us a message, we’d love to hear what you think a topic for our next set of books should be!

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Enter to win a FREE a Social Learning Book of your choice. Seven lucky winners will be chosen.

Two easy ways to enter the giveaway:

  1. Twitter: Follow @SLearningGroup, Retweet this message and Direct Message them your preferred social story.
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Good luck, winner will be chosen 10/2/17.