Mindfulness Improves Teachers’ Well-Being

New research looks at the impact of mindfulness on classrooms, stress, and even magic mushrooms.

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Mindfulness for educators improves well-being

Nearly 85% of school teachers say they’re facing burnout. Eight weeks of mindfulness-based instruction may reduce stress, increase sleep, and promote health and well-being even weeks later, a new study finds.

Led by researchers at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education at Australian Catholic University, educators in 20 Australian schools volunteered to participate in a school-based study. Eighty-five teachers from 10 schools attended an eight-week mindfulness-based program. Another 100 teachers from 10 different schools did not.

After eight weeks, teachers who’d practiced mindfulness reported less stress, better sleep, and more mindfulness,  self-compassion, and ability to use thoughts to help regulate emotions, compared to controls. There were no differences between the groups in teachers’ perceptions of their ability to engage students, provide effective instruction, or manage behavior in class, but students said they felt more connected to teachers who’d completed the program than those who hadn’t.

Mixing meditation and magic mushrooms 

In a new study published in NeuroImage, scientists at the University of Zurich explore whether combining meditation with psilocybin—the chemical in magic mushrooms—may impact brain function and alter self-consciousness even after the high is gone.

Thirty-eight experienced adult meditators were randomly assigned to…

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