Beat stress with transcendental meditation

New research shows that transcendental meditation significantly reduces levels of psychological distress among students.

The survey, based on students from 106 secondary schools comprising 87 percent racial and ethnic minorities, showed a 36 percent lowering in overall stress levels, besides easing anxiety and depressive symptoms.

The percentage of students in University of California at Irvine survey reporting good or above-average emotional health dropped from 55.3 percent in 2009 to 51.9 percent in 2010. This marks the lowest level within the past 25 years, the Journal of Instructional Psychology reports.

Meditation: Regain youthfulness and vitality

Charles Elder, who conducted the survey and is also an investigator at Kaiser Permanente Centre for Health Research, said: `It is vital that we start addressing the high levels of emotional stress being reported by high school and college students.`

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