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To Improve Students' Mental Health, Yale Study Finds, Teach Them to Breathe
When college students learn specific techniques for managing stress and anxiety, their well-being improves across a range of measures and leads to better mental health, a new Yale study finds.
Across college campuses, there has been a significant rise in student depression, anxiety, and demand for mental health services. The YALE research team evaluated 3 classroom-based wellness training programs that incorporated breathing and emotional intelligence strategies. SKY Campus, MBSR - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & EI -Foundations of Emotional Intelligence on students. SKY Campus showed the greatest impact, benefiting six outcomes: depression, stress, mental health, mindfulness, positive affect and social connectedness. EI benefited one outcome: mindfulness. The MBSR group showed no change.
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High Anxiety Times: Calm Down, Take A Deep Breath
Negative thoughts and images are the norm these days. But a better mindset can help make for a much better attitude.
The experts will tell you living in the here and now along with slow, deliberate breaths is what it takes to achieve positive rather than panicked thinking. This is what you can control in so much uncertainty.
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YES! Program Reduces Teens’ Impulsive Behavior
showed a significant decrease in impulsive behaviors
According to a study from the University of California, Los Angeles, teens who went through a four-week stress reducing program called, “ SKY Schools (previously YES! For Schools)” showed a significant decrease in impulsive behaviors.
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Can Meditation Prevent Suicide?
A high school experienced several suicides so meditation was used to lower student stress
A group of educators, students and health professionals collaborated to get to the root of the problem, and responded with a series of structural changes and additional resources for students, including bringing in SKY Schools (Previously YES! for Schools) to offer meditation and stress management training to support student wellbeing and mental health.
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From pet therapy to yoga, schools address kids’ stress
From deep breathing exercises to flexible schedules and even recess at the high school level, schools are instituting programs to help students better handle their stressful lives.
Fighting stress at school with meditation and mindfulness
‘Deep breathing just gets you calm right away,’ says Andy Mandolese, a 7th grader. ‘Once you walk in upset you come out happy and proud.’
Teaching this sort of relaxation as early as kindergarten has proven to be beneficial, especially in a world of information overload where multitasking is becoming the norm.
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