Before school begins this fall, teachers at McKinley Classical Leadership Academy in St. Louis will learn mindfulness and meditation. They will be trained on how to relieve stress and tension so they may pass this on to their students. All will be learning tools and breathing techniques for calm and focus. As a Best Mindset Coach, and Certified in Guided Imagery, I’m excited to be collaborating with McKinley in St. Louis to train their teachers. We will be helping their team and students build emotional resilience to be more successful in learning and life.
As you may know, many of these students may come from poorer neighborhoods, where they witness more crime, violence, and trauma. From new research, we’re learning that a traumatized brain makes learning more difficult. Studies show when we calm the mind and body through yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices, the brain develops new neural pathways that enhances the creative areas, and shuts down the Reptilian “fight or flight” that’s stuck in fear. Other schools leaders throughout the country have discovered that mindfulness and meditation may be a better way to handle detention and conflict.
It’s obvious students need new tools to help with stress and anxiety. New research published by the American Psychological Association shows teens may experience higher levels of stress than adults (during the school year.) Yet, teens don’t have great ways to relieve stress. Most popular are video games or surfing the internet. While these may be stress reducing, they may not be building resilience to help teens cope better with difficulties in life.
This is where meditation, guided imagery, and mindfulness can help. Research shows that when teens practice meditation and guided imagery, it can lower rates of anxiety and depression, and may help with sleep. It can also help with schoolwork and focus, as well as build stronger relationships.
Help our children succeed in life and build emotional resilience! If you’re a teacher or parent and want your schools to build Inner Power Learning and use these breathing and mindful techniques, let your school leadership know about our services. Contact us at Heart Talk Now for a free 30-minute Strategy Session
Wishing you peace!
Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist. Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and families. Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com