As the beginning of summer approaches, students’ thoughts turn to examinations and assessments that accompany the end of the academic year. For many, the past few years will have meant a change in the way they access and engage with learning beyond traditional teaching formats, and the need to learn new skills to encounter these changes.
A proven way to deal with uncertainty and stress in the classroom is through the use of mindfulness. This is a meditative practice that helps to organise thoughts, focus on tasks, and cope with testing situations. Working on visualisation and breathing exercises helps to adjust how the body responds to stressful situations. Establishing a mindfulness practice helps the brain to resist impulses that are distracting. It helps to promote self-awareness and self-regulation, which can be imperative for students facing challenges.
Early studies demonstrate that students who work to build a mindfulness practice as part of their academic journey outperform students those do not have this practice. They are calmer, more optimistic, better able to recall information, and more equipped in processing new information. These skills are all the more crucial in a world already full of distractions and stimuli.
Mindfulness practice is fast becoming a feature of the contemporary classroom, and building your own practice can help to transform your academic adventure. If you want to learn more about how to put mindfulness to good use, why not download our free Enhancing Your Studies With Mindfulness course?