How Meditation Can Help Students Improve Grades, Boost Self-Esteem, and Curb Bad Behavior

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If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably seen my posts about how creativity gets stifled by stress. A relaxed mind is helpful in many ways. In fact, there is lots of chatter about the stress-busting benefits of meditation with school children. Studies have found meditation can help students improve grades, boost self-esteem, and even cut down on bad behavior. Makes sense right? Introducing quiet time should be beneficial. But, why so?

According to researchers, deliberate silence invites concentration and cuts down on stress. Conversely, noisy classrooms lower concentration and increase stress. Noisy classroom environments are also linked to lowered exam scores. A study by South Bank University and the Institute of Education in London found that test scores were cut by as much as a third if children were taught in noisy classrooms. Dr Daniel Connolly, a psychology research fellow at the Institute of Education, said “What we tend to find is that students themselves don’t really appreciate the negative effect that noise and reverberation can have on their learning, but in fact it affects their ability to concentrate and not get tired and also slows down their processing speeds.”

The use of meditation in U.S. schools is on the rise. If you’re wondering how to tap into meditation with your students or your kids, it’s easier than you might think. All you need to do is join the kids in…

  • Sitting upright
  • Inhaling while tensing your muscles
  • Exhaling while relaxing your muscles
  • Repeating a few times
  • Then, inhaling to the count of eight and exhaling to the count of eight
  • Repeating a few times

Come to think of it, meditation is probably beneficial in work environments as well. Hmm. Gonna give it a try tomorrow!


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