Can meditation help pupils to concentrate better?
Meditation and the practice of mindfulness have become increasingly popular over the past few years, but should they be introduced into schools to help pupils focus better?
Mindfulness meditation is a psychological technique which is said to help improve awareness and focus as well as combat stress, anxiety and depression. We all want our children to do the best they can at school and meditation such as this on a regular basis could help them to better deal with stressful situations and to concentrate throughout the school day.
The meditation technique can aid concentration and helps children to cope with tasks in a more positive and calm way, as it helps them to focus on the present rather than worrying about the past or what might happen in the future. A group of pupils tested out mindfulness meditation to see if it really worked and found that those who had practiced mindfulness for a fortnight managed to complete a concentration task much better than those who had not.
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