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The Next Best Thing to Nap Time

Posted March 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Chelsey H

There is a common thought (among teenagers and adults. that is) that nap time is wasted on elementary school kids and you need more naps as you get older and are under more stress.

Well some high schools and offices are taking that idea to heart. While they may not be offering straight nap time, they do offer built-in times for mindfulness and meditation. High school students are craving ways to handle and cope with stress in a healthy and nondestructive way.

The mindfulness movement has been underway for a number of years but the research on the impact on teenagers is still relatively new and not as comprehensive as the research done on adults. But preliminary results are promising since mindfulness has been shown to help students have better relationships, more positive behaviors, and perform better in school. Mindfulness helps with memory and improves physical and mental health. Another important impact is that students are taught to stop, think, and breathe in order to identify how much stress they are under. They are better able to articulate what they need to do to reduce their anxiety.

Practicing mindfulness, even just a quick breathing exercise or sitting in silence, can help many students cope with stress and anxiety leading to better test scores, fewer missed days due to illness, and an overall increase in self-confidence.

Several schools are teaching mindfulness as an elective course, others have teachers start each class with a five minute meditation. There are now programs offered to help teachers learn how to teach their students and implement the teachings into their classrooms.

In a world where everyone is connected 24/7 and it's expected that teenagers are able to jump from one task to another while still earning good grades and filling their resume with college-worthy extra-curricular activities - mindfulness teaches students to be present with what they're doing in that moment.


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