"For example, “stress” is one of the most significant factors that can affect the way a student can absorb and retain information. Stress also affects memory, creativity, and the way a student behaves in school. Today’s children are subjected to more stressful factors than students of a decade or two ago. So, it is now part of a teacher’s job to decrease stress in the classroom to enable students to learn better."
The Scientific Evidence Is Compelling
"Stress reduction. Research has consistently shown that mindfulness meditation reduces stress and negative mood states, and also improves mental and emotional well-being. It does this by reducing the levels of cortisol, the main stress hormone. Patients are more serene, so they don't experience stress-related disorders.
Lower blood pressure. Several studies have revealed that meditation leads to lower blood pressure. A one-year follow-up showed that patients continued to experience the positive effects.
Prevents stroke. By reducing the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), we can reduce the risk of stroke.
Decreased risk of heart disease. A recent study published in the American Heart Journal showed that mindfulness meditation led to significantly better symptoms in patients with chronic heart failure.
Treats mental health. Mindfulness is becoming so widely accepted in the mental health community that it's becoming an integral part of the treatment of various psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder, and more.
Improves immune system. Mindfulness-based interventions also improve the functioning of the immune system. One study showed that it improved the function of the flu vaccine, and another study showed that it increased T-cell production in males with HIV."
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