Transcendental meditation may reduce emotional stress and improve academic outcomes in children

Using a meditation-based program known as Quiet Time, researchers with the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education found that students who take part in Transcendental meditation are more likely to experience a reduction in emotional stress, disturbed sleep, and achieve more in academic areas.

The study was publicized online in the journal Education.

Researchers implicated 98 children in ninth grade at a public school, examining how their practice of Transcendental meditation during a four-month span could lead to drastic improvements in health and academia.

“Students were measured on overall emotional stress; anxiety, anger, and fatigue; quality of sleep; academic achievement; and school attendance. Both groups were baseline tested prior to intervention in the fall semester and posttested at the end of the spring semester,” the study’s co-authors wrote in their journal report.

“Results for the meditation group compared to silent reading controls indicated significant reductions in overall emotional stress symptoms, anger, and fatigue, and improvements in quality of sleep and English Language Arts (ELA) academic achievement,” the co-authors determined.

“These findings indicate the value of implementing a school-based TM program to improve well-being and academic performance in high school students. Future larger-scale research is encouraged.”

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