Mindfulness and SEL Programs
Why Mindfulness and SEL for Children, Teens and Adults?
Mindfulness and SEL offer essential life skills that allow children, teens and adults to access their inner breathe, body and mindset in times of stress. When kids, teens and adults can activate their inner resources, they can meet challenges with a sense of personal power, and thrive in a variety of life's circumstances.
Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning Programs
Discover how Mindfulness and Sel can help your school meet the vast needs of every child, and educator, raising the bar and shifting the paradigm of education.
Mindfulness is defined as an awareness of the present moment that allows for acceptance of feelings, thoughts and sensations. Mindfulness exercises emphasize self awareness and controlled breathing, and have been associated with improved self-regulation skills in children dealing with stress. Mindfulness, overall can help one better tolerate and stay with difficult emotions, one can increase the ability to deal with uncomfortable emotions with less reaction and more ability to accept and control your emotions.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
Ref: Casel, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. Durlak et al., 2011 Greenberg et al., 2003
In a school setting SEl and Mindfulness can benefit children, tweens and teens in the following:
- Help students maintain relationships
- Increase a greater understanding of emotions and experiences, which can promote empathy
-Maintain lasting relationships with teachers and peers to promote a collaborative learning culture in the classroom
-Strengthens student's social and emotional well being
-Enables students to feel comfortable, to feel a sense of control of their social environment and to have a more enjoyable and positive life experience
-Increase academic success
-Less emotional and mental distress, sel programs affect central executive functioning which improve students inhibitory control, planning and ability to switch attention from one task to another.
-Students have lower levels of depression, physical and verbal aggression, and less disruptive behaviors in a school setting.
-Children who learn mindfulness skills with SEL may be able to calm their emotions in a difficult situation.
-Builds students confidence and self esteem.
-Children will increase ways to manage stress through breathe awareness, meditation and healthy movement, practicing ways to focus and concentrate, all while increasing their confidence and positive self- image. Children will become more empowered and increase self love.
-Team work activities to build healthy relationships and connections with others, and increase ways to problem solve.
Reference; Casel, 2020
How do Mindfulness and SEL work together in a school setting? When taught together, social and emotional learning and mindfulness can have even greater impact on both individuals and the world around us.
Students participating in SEL programs also showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress, anxiety and depression and better attitudes about themselves, others and school.
See Casel.Org , 2011, meta analysis of 213 studies involving 270,000 students.
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Having SEL and Mindfulness Programs in Your School:
Social Emotional Learning is a process, and therefore requires, time, patience, and especially educators that are committed to providing a safe and learning environment. We can assist you, your teachers, in connecting your academics to our programs.
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