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Stress relief for kids--and you: Natural calming strategies for any age
by Ana Mantica
Prevention Magazine Translate This Article
28 August 2004
An article in Prevention, one of America's most widely circulated magazines, highlights the Transcendental Meditation Technique as an effective way to relieve stress in children and adults. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of Health.
Experts don't agree on whether or not today's young children face more stress than ever before, but more mature anxieties seem to be on the rise at an earlier age and solutions to the problem must be sought.
The author points out that youngsters are being pressured into growing up fast. 'Younger children are being pushed to be little grown-ups', says Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD, medical director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, MD. 'They have the responsibility to get the grades, do extracurricular activities, and get the test scores'. At the same time, they're exposed to their parents' stresses at home, plus the threat of violence at school and of terrorism in the world around them.
The resulting anxiety and stress serve to increase children's risk for insomnia, skin disorders, headaches, upset stomach, and depression. In addition, one study recently found a correlation between childhood stress and overeating of fatty foods.
If the children seem overly anxious, it's likely that they are mimicking the tendency to feel stressed which they see in their parents. The article suggests creating more serenity in the home.
Prevention Magazine describes the Transcendental Meditation Programme as one solution, 'Kenia Bradley used to worry about everything—birthday parties, homework, even who would feed her goldfish, Sternum, during family vacations. So when her Detroit elementary school offered meditation classes 6 years ago, she and her mom signed up&mdashand soon mastered a stress-control technique they're still using today.
'I'm busy.' says Kenia, 14, now a freshman at Cass Technical High School. 'I've got weekly guitar lessons, club meetings, homework, and eight pets to look after, and I help my dad with the family business as much as I can. But I don't worry like I used to.' Her mom, Brenda, agrees. 'The whole household is calmer.' she says.
Recent studies show that Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation (TM, the meditation that the Bradley family practices) lifts kids' moods, decreases blood pressure, and may even overcome ADHD symptoms.
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