What is mindfulness? It is a technique to heighten attention, empathy and other emotions through an awareness of thoughts, external stimuli, or bodily sensations such as breath. Mindfulness originates from Buddhist meditation but was developed for secular use in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme at the University of Massachusetts in the United States.
Teachers were the subjects in a recent study; they were selected due to the nature of their stressful jobs. The study found that those who received the mindfulness training displayed reductions in psychological stress, improvements in classroom organization and increases in self-compassion. In comparison, the group that did not receive the training showed signs of increased stress and burnout over the course of the school year. These results provide objective evidence that MBSR techniques are beneficial to teachers (and possibly for others in high stressful jobs).
Teachers play a critical role in nurturing children’s well-being; however, progress in addressing teaching-related stress has been elusive. Stress and burnout among teachers and in any other profession is a major concern, affecting the quality of work and incurring increased costs in recruiting and sustaining them.
One way to reduce stress is to indulge in a Thai Massage. Thai Massage is the combination of yoga stretching, calmness of meditation, with accupressure, exercise movement and reflexology that makes it a healing art. It is worked on a floor with the client dressed in comfortable loose clothing. Thai method uses mainly point pressure and muscle stretching. And it is not just the hands that are used to free tension stored in the recipient’s body, but the feet and elbows are used as well. It improves a person’s outlook towards life and builds an emotional balance. It also helps with concentration and creativity, and can especially be helpful to gain mental clarity.