Finding Balance at Test Time – Reducing Student Stress

Mindfulness in Schools, Classroom, Test-taking, stress

 

A recent study suggests that mindfulness training may improve mental well-being during test-taking time.

From Medical News Today:

“A team of researchers led by Professor Willem Kuyken from the University of Exeter, in association with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the Mindfulness in Schools Project, recruited 522 pupils, aged between 12 and 16 years, from 12 secondary schools to take part in the study. 256 pupils at six of the schools were taught the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s curriculum, a nine week introduction to mindfulness designed for the classroom…

Mindful Dishwashing

Soapy Dishes

Recently, my partner Maitreya and I had a friend come to stay at our apartment, a very kind musician named Walter. A month or so earlier, we had been travelling with Walter, the three of us in a car, taking in the stunning beauty of the Connemara landscape — we totally bonded.

During his most recent visit, we went for walks, cooked lentils and rice, played music, and joked about the peculiarities of living in Ireland — ‘why on earth do you need a key to unlock doors from the inside?!’ I pondered aloud. I guess what is commonplace to some, seems like a fire hazard to others.

His light-heartedness, which we so enjoyed, lingered even after he had left. It was marked by a great sense mindfulness and presence, exemplified in the way he would clean the dishes after a meal.  Maitreya remarked:

Yeah, it’s like the world is at ease when he washes the dishes.

And it was!  He always took his time, clearing the drain board in full, waiting patiently for the sink to fill with soapy water, washing each dish thoroughly, rinsing with cold water, and then placing intently into the drain board, one-at-a-time.