The impact of Toxic Stress
Children and adults alike need to be challenged in order to grow and develop. However, in the modern education system, healthy stress is frequently displaced by toxic stress. Toxic stress occurs when life’s demands consistently outpace our ability to cope with those demands.
STUDENTS: Toxic stress impairs attention, emotion and mood regulation, sleep, and learning readiness daily in American classrooms. Even more troubling, prolonged exposure to childhood toxic stress has lifelong impacts on mental and physical health.
EDUCATORS: Toxic stress starts as decreased productivity and creativity, escalating to more serious symptoms like frequent anxiety, dissociation, frustration, and, eventually, burnout. Roughly half a million U.S. teachers leave the profession each year.
PARENTS: Toxic stress can lead to a parenting style that looks more like a “to-do” list, rather than an empathic, present-centered relationship with a developing child. Exposure to parental stress in early childhood has been shown to impact gene expression even years later in adolescence.
Our classroom programs:
At the Rocky Mountain Mindfulness Center, we have a deep passion for teaching mindfulness to students. Our classroom presentations are supported by donations and program fees for workplace programs and retreats, and it is our goal to keep the cost of our visit to your classroom low and our programming accessible to all, including staff, parents, administration, students with special needs, and English language learners.