10 Benefits of Meditation for Students
Meditating is not a silly exercise. It can help the students in so many ways. Here are some scientifically proven benefits of meditation.
1. Rise in IQ levels
Deep inside, everyone is an Einstein: students practicing meditation benefit from increases in brain function across the board.
Most dramatic increases occur in creative thinking, practical intelligence, and IQ (as measured by the ability to reason in novel situations, called “fluid intelligence”).
2. Academic stress goes down
Not only do their grades improve, but students who practice meditation report lower levels of stress.
They also have better concentration, more alertness, and greater resistance to the physical effects of stress during exams.
3. Improved academic achievement
Meditating students show considerably improved academic performance — in one study, 41% of students allocated to the meditation group benefitted from improvement in both Math and English scores.
4. Better focus
Thanks to their minds calming down, students doing meditation report a whooping 50% reductions in stress, anxiety, and ADHD symptoms.
This in turn triggers a positive chain reaction where an improved ability to focus better on tasks at hand results in increased brain processing and improved language-based skills.
5. Brain integrity & efficiency
Not only does meditating make the brain sharper, it also helps to make it a more harmonious unit: university students who took up meditation were found to have changes in the fibers in the brain area related to regulating emotions and behavior.
Among other benefits, these changes again lead to better cognitive and intellectual performance.
6. Reduction in depression and anxiety
Doing meditation leads to significant reductions in depressive symptoms (an average of 48% lower than the non-meditating control group).
And that’s apparently true for everyone, including even those who have indications of clinically significant depression.
7. Reduction in destructive addiction (drugs, alcohol)
There’s no harm in enjoying life. However, reigning in potentially addictive behaviour is a major key to success.
Studies looking at both students and adults find that daily Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice greatly reduces both substance abuse problems and antisocial behavior. In many cases, TM has been shown to be two or three times more effective than traditional drug prevention and education programs.
These results hold for all kinds of addictive substances- drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, prescription medications, and even food (which, by the way, can be as addictive as cocaine).
8. Lower absenteeism, better behaviour
Students who do meditation benefit from lower levels of absenteeism, lower levels of behavior incidents at school, and lower levels of suspension.
9. Lower risk of cardiovascular diseases
Regular meditation practice helps students to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. It will all pay back in years to come.
As one study showed, students formerly at-risk of hypertension witnessed a major change in blood pressure already after a few months of meditating. These changes were associated with a 52% lower risk of developing hypertension later in their life.
10. Happier, more confident student
Last but definitely not least - research finds that students who meditate daily get higher scores on affectivity, self-esteem, and emotional competence. Here’s your formula for happiness!
(Indebted to various sources)