We know students who are engaged in content have better retention and improved problem solving skills. But students often face barriers that prevent active engagement learning such as stress. Stress has the potential to effect memory, concentration, and problem solving ability that can lead to decreased student engagement and self-directed learning.
Teachers are working longer hours than ever before and many are contemplating leaving the profession because they feel overworked and stressed. Research indicates that as many as one in three Australian teachers will consider leaving the teaching profession in their first five years in the job because of the stress they face within their workplace. Stressful working conditions within any profession can lead to significant health concerns, both emotionally and physically.
Research shows us that experiencing high levels of chronic stress at work can lead to burnout. This is defined as a syndrome of exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced professional efficacy. For teachers, stress and burnout are related to their capacity to establish supportive relationships with students.
EFT (Tapping) is very effective for reducing anxiety, stress and other emotional issues and it works on both real and imagined stressors. EFT significantly increases positive emotions and self esteem and resilience, and decreases negative emotional states. EFT appears to affect the amygdala (stress centre in the brain) and hippocampus (memory centre), and both play a role in the decision process when you decide if something is a threat. EFT has also been shown to lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. Too much cortisol can result in lowered immune function and ultimately affect our physical health.
Because Tapping is a tool which is practical, hands-on, and easy to apply, it is a unique way to assist students and teachers. It has an immediate calming effect and can be used with children as young as 3-4 years of age. Teachers and students are also able to apply it in their own time outside of school.
We ultimately have an incredible and very easy way for students to improve their academic performance, decrease negative emotional states, improve self esteem and resilience and learn how to change their reality.