A teacher’s role is to make a positive difference in their student’s lives. As a result, teachers can be under a lot of pressure in order to help their students’ achieve.
Because of this, teachers can sometimes neglect their own wellbeing. That’s why practicing mindfulness is an important way to deal with stress and stay in the present moment.
Mindfulness is about controlling your own thoughts and feelings in the present moment. It helps to stay in control of your moods by rationalising them.
Here are 3 ways mindfulness can help teachers:
Understanding your emotions
Teachers have a lot on their plates. They have to balance everything in their personal life, as well as monitoring a class full of children. Because of this, their mind is always preoccupied, so it can be hard to focus on one thing at a time.
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to stay in control of our own thoughts. By recognising emotional patterns, teachers can try to regulate how they think and therefore how they behave.
Mindfulness can improve the way teachers communicate with students. It can help teachers to be more attentive to the way they speak to their class.
By being aware of the way students are addressed and spoken to, a teacher can reflect on whether the communication is successful and whether their goals are being achieved.
Creating a positive learning environment
As a teacher, being in control of your classroom and learning space will positively influence student’s progress. Being aware of students’ behaviour and how effectively they are learning will help the teacher to monitor everything. By staying in the present moment and looking out for students’, it will make the teacher’s work more manageable and consequently reduce stress.