Finding Balance at Test Time – Reducing Student Stress

Mindfulness in Schools, Classroom, Test-taking, stress


A recent study suggests that mindfulness training may improve mental well-being during test-taking time.

From Medical News Today:

“A team of researchers led by Professor Willem Kuyken from the University of Exeter, in association with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the Mindfulness in Schools Project, recruited 522 pupils, aged between 12 and 16 years, from 12 secondary schools to take part in the study. 256 pupils at six of the schools were taught the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s curriculum, a nine week introduction to mindfulness designed for the classroom…

Link Between Workplace Stress and Coronoray Heart Disease

“New research has produced strong evidence of how work stress is linked to the biological mechanisms involved in the onset of heart disease…”

“..we found that chronic work stress was associated with [Coronary Heart Disease] CHD and this association was stronger among both men and women aged under 50 — their risk of CHD was an average of 68% more than for people who reported no stress at work.”

“”The effect [of work stress] on the [Autonomic Nervous System] (ANS) and neuroendocrine function in turn affects the signals to the heart, leading to cardiac instability.”



Possible Link Between Negative Emotions, Anxiety and Heart Disease

From “Heart 411: The Only guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need”

“Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which is characterized by intense anxiety, tend to have more calcium (a marker of coronary blockages) in their hearts’ arteries than do soldiers without the disorder. On the civilian front, people who suffer from panic disorders face an increased risk of developing heart problems.”