The Power of Pause-itivity: A Holistic Approach to Mindfulness Education with Lou Redmond, Founder of One Mindful Education
If you ask health experts, schools leaders, and even students about the biggest problem students face today, you'll get the same answer: anxiety. Student anxiety levels have risen steadily over the last seven years, with recent national data suggesting that one-third of students will experience an anxiety disorder. Students themselves recognize the massive problem that anxiety presents. A 2019 Pew Research Center study found that 70% of teens surveyed felt anxiety and depression was the number one issue they faced, with another 26% indicating it was a minor problem.
The underlying causes of the rising trend are complex, and many fall outside the influence of schools. But there are significant and relatively simple strides that schools can take to reduce the anxiety students experience in school. One of the most effective is the intentional integration of mindfulness. In this week's episode, Lou Redmond, founder of One Mindful Education explains that mindfulness is about so much more than "just calming down", and shares a powerful framework that educators can use in classrooms, school-wide, and even personal practice. And because mindfulness can't really be understood outside of experience, Lou walks us through some simple exercises to get us started.
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