Is Your Teacher Stressed Out?

Is your teacher stressed out? A new study shows that mindfulness meditation training can help reduce teacher stress and burnout.

The study was done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by Lisa Flock in the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at UW-Madison’s Waisman Center. CIHM and the Waisman Center are run by Dr. Richie Davidson whose work I greatly admire. See, for example, The Neuroscience Of Compassion and What Goes On In Your Brain When You Meditate.

The study shows that simple forms of mindfulness training can help promote a certain kind of emotional balance, lead to decreased stress that the teachers perceive, and greater ability to remain present in the classroom for their children. They are more likely to respond with kindness and compassion than with anger.

Here is what Dr. Richie Davidson had to say about the study. Please watch this short video.

As a former professor myself, I can attest to the claims of the study. My experience has been that when I have a calm, collected mind, I help students better than when I am agitated. I could treat the students with kindness and always got high ratings.

I had already taken the Silva Mind Control program and was working with it diligently while teaching.

I would visualize my lessons and encouraged students to attend a chat group oriented to altered states of conscious.

Have you had any experiences with stressed out teachers? Mindfulness meditation can help.

Please share your thoughts about how teachers can reduce stress and burnout.

This book is wonderful. You should read it.
The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them I recently read Dr. Davidson’s book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them, and found it to be extremely valuable. I did not completely absorb his findings on the particular parts of the bran.I really enjoyed his discovery and explanation of emotional style.Click on the book image to learn more.

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