students in a classroom

Hello educators! Kelly Mahler here, and I’m excited to talk about a topic that’s very close to my heart—body signals for emotions and their impact on emotional awareness in students. Interoception is a significant part of our emotional experience, so let’s explore how body mindfulness can help your students become more aware of their emotions by tuning into their body signals.

Emotional awareness exercises that encourage students to mindfully notice and label their bodily sensations can be highly effective. Why? Because these interoceptive sensations often serve as clues to their emotions. For example, a growling stomach might indicate hunger, but it might also suggest anxiety or stress. By teaching students to recognize their own unique signals (because they are different for each individual!), we equip them with a powerful tool for understanding their emotional state. This process is what makes body mindfulness for enhanced interoception so unique and effective.