Decades of research have shown mindfulness to impact the parts of the brain that deal with memory, executive function, and the regulation of behavior and emotions.
"Mindfulness really increases the resilience of teachers and students, which is really important to have in a life that is stressful," Banbanaste said.
It's important to note a certain amount of stress is normal, said Jeremy Pettit, Director of the Child Anxiety and Phobia Program in FIU's Center for Children and Families. The important thing is learning healthy ways, like mindfulness, to cope.
Simply avoiding stressful situations won't do a child any good, he said.
"Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone,'' he said. "That's not necessarily a bad thing. But we want to make sure that as we're pushing, that kids have the appropriate skills to cope with what we're asking them to do."