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(Australia) Almost half Queensland kids are stressed; schools should offer mindfulness and yoga

Jan 29, 2018, (Australia) Queensland Country Life: Nearly half of Australian school kids are stressed. Here's how to fix it http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/5195603/why-school-kids-are-stressed-and-how-to-fix-it/ Nearly half (47 per cent) of Australian students feel very tense when they study, compared to the international average of 37 per cent. Based on the OECD average, 67 per cent of Australian students report feeling very anxious even if well prepared for a test, compared to the international average of 56 per cent (64 per cent for girls and 47 per cent for boys). In the 50 per cent of young people in years seven to 12 who report feeling moderately to extremely stressed over exams, the number one source of pressure comes from themselves. Coping with stress is a top issue of concern to young people. … The practice of yoga and mindfulness has become popular in recent years as a form of stress management in Australia. These practices decrease physiological markers of stress in diverse populations. … Given the evidence base, offering mindfulness based yoga programs in schools may help young people learn to manage stress and increase their ability to bounce back in response to stress.