Mindfulness contributes directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills in students. As they learn to be more ‘present’, they pay attention better and improve their performance in the classroom, on the sports field, and in the performing arts.
Mindfulness practice gives children the opportunity to settle and calm themselves and develop focus. It builds resilience by helping children manage difficult thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.Children find it easier to get along with their peers and choose kindness and optimism.
• Mindfulness improves students’ ability to initiate, monitor and direct their attention.
• Increases the brain’s executive functions: working memory, planning and organisational skills. This leads to improved academic performance.