Why aren’t more students meditating?

Meditation Middle School
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 6: Students from the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School take part in a meditation session during class Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post)

According to a psychological study on American teenagers, 27% reported experiencing “extreme stress” during the school year. 34% of teens expect to feel even more stressed in the coming year.

Many stress management strategists have given suggestions to reduce these rising numbers, ranging from physical relaxation stimulus to sleep efficiency. As online math tutors, we hear from stressed-out students every day. Yup is a unique mobile tutoring app that helps you battle homework anxiety. Technology, combined with healthy studying and lifestyle habits, can all reduce stress. But there’s one often overlooked factor:

Meditation.

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Before you make fun of it, know that it doesn’t necessarily require sitting cross-legged in the middle of the classroom, humming sleepy ohmmm… noises.

Students have noted a reduce in anxiety and a rise in academic performance after implementing simple, effective techniques.

As you can see, schools are beginning to catch on, implementing practices as simple as silent time during the school day. If your school hasn’t caught on yet (or you’re in college), here are some techniques you can try on your own:

 

 

 

Conscious breathing

Focus on every in/out breath you take, wherever you are. This will place you in the present, instead of unnecessarily stressing about uncontrollable events in the future or the past. You can do this anywhere, from the classroom to the dorms.

Use musical guidance

With all the plans and obligations in our lives, it’s difficult to concentrate in silence. If you can’t bare sitting down in solitude, try YouTubing meditation music to aid relaxation and put yourself in the zone.

Consistency is key

It may seem like a waste of time at first, but meditation can increase your productivity elsewhere. The most effective way to get all the benefits is to practice every day. Just like exercise, it’s important to progress over time, lengthening your meditation periods as your focus improves.


Someone once asked the Buddha skeptically, “What have you gained through meditation.”

The Buddha replied, “Nothing at all.”

“Then what good is it?”

“Let me tell you what I lost through meditation: sickness, anger, depression, insecurity, the burden of old age, the fear of death. That is the good of meditation, which leads to nirvana.”

 

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