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Study: Students` mental health can be improved through breathing

Study: Students` mental health can be improved through breathing

In 2018, American College Health Association surveyed 88,178 college students across 140 campuses. It was found that 60 per cent of students self-reported experiencing overwhelming anxiety and 40 per cent self-reported feeling so depressed they had difficulty functioning. Students have to deal with new situations and environments as soon as they graduate high school. Life altering decisions, financial responsibilities, moving away from home, are just a few examples of what could cause mental and emotional distress. Additionally, it is not only the absence of mental issues that is necessary, but also the presence of psychological thriving -  gratitude, social connectedness, mindfulness, etc.

Recently, a study was conducted by researchers at the Yale Child Study Center and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI), aimed at using different wellness programs to alleviate mental health problems and promote well-being. They evaluated three classroom-based wellness training programmes involving breathing techniques and emotional intelligence strategies. Lead author and faculty director of the Women’s Leadership Program at Yale School of Management Emma Seppala was quoted as saying by Yale News: “In addition to academic skills, we need to teach students how to live a balanced life.” Read More...

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