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ERIC Number: EJ1060258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Meditation and Teacher Stress
Csaszar, Imre Emeric; Buchanan, Teresa
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v43 n1 p4-7 2015
Early childhood teachers can be relaxed and peaceful as they create playful and harmonious classrooms, even if they work in stressful contexts. However, the stressors faced by teachers may lead to negative consequences that can undermine their ability to sustain personal health and positive interactions. In the absence of positive coping strategies, stress may lead to increasingly negative outcomes; specifically, stress experienced by teachers may lead to emotional exhaustion, a precursor to burnout. What measures can a teacher use mitigate the negative factors of stress? In this article, Imre Emeric Csaszar and Teresa Buchanan offer meditation as a tool that can mitigate teacher stress, promote emotional wellbeing, and contribute to affirming exchanges between teachers and students. The authors state that, in the last several decades, the practice of meditation has become prevalent in Western culture and many contemporary health providers include meditation as part of their alternative strategy to combat a multitude of health-related difficulties their patients may face. An overwhelming body of evidence from research shows that meditation can reduce and alleviate stress, fatigue, and physical illnesses. There are many free audio resources available that can be a great help when beginning a practice like this, and evidence suggests that teachers who do this every day show significant increases in empathy and decreased stress after only a few weeks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A