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Students, who practice Transcendental Meditation, scored significantly lower on anxiety, higher on resilience, and self-reported increases in their sleep, happiness, and self-confidence.



How to help students avoid stress
by Transcendental Meditation for Women
9 October 2018

“The anxiety that sometimes kids get about studying and about grades and about making deadlines, they can become overwhelmed, and then they actually short circuit themselves…Having [Transcendental] meditation will give them the tools to approach the pressures that they’re facing and make better choices for themselves” — Sue Tiller, Sacred Heart Staff

The Transcendental Meditation technique has been taught to half a million students in schools around the world. Many more have learned TM along with their families at TM centers and with local TM teachers, sometimes even at home.

With the terrible consequences of stress plaguing the youth of America—from hypertension to violence to insomnia to academic failure—the importance of reducing stress, balancing emotions, and unfolding the full potential of the mind is paramount.

A significant study was published online in Contemporary School Psychology, the Official Journal of the California Association of School Psychologists, called Practicing Transcendental Meditation in High Schools: Relationship to Well-being and Academic Achievement Among Students.

Research results indicated that students who learned the TM technique scored significantly lower on anxiety, higher on resilience, and self-reported increases in their sleep, happiness, and self-confidence. Other research showed:

  • 21% increase in high school graduation rate
    journal: Education 133 (4): 495-500, 2013
  • 10% improvement in test scores and GPA
    journal: Education 131: 556–565, 2011
  • Increased attendance and decreased suspensions for high school students
    journal: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 1:10, 2003
  • Reduced ADHD symptoms and symptoms of other learning disorders
    journal: Mind & Brain: The Journal of Psychiatry 2 (1): 73-81, 2011
  • Increased intelligence and creativity
    journal: Intelligence 29: 419-440, 2001
  • 40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety and depression
    journal: American Journal of Hypertension 22(12): 1326-1331, 2009

“Since I started TM, life has gotten a lot easier. I think more clearly and I don't rush into things. Plus, my grades have gone up.”
– Cecilia, 7th grader

Because convincing a child who is between 10 and 19 years old to learn to meditate might seem a non-starter from the perspective of a worried parent, we have developed a website page for teens.

Take a look at it and show it to your child—if you haven’t already learned the TM technique, take the course together before the school year begins. It will bring you closer together and ensure that you both get the new term off to a good start.


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