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WHY IS RELAXATION IMPORTANT IN SCHOOLS

  • Child anxiety is on the increase
  • Between 2006-2010, numbers of children with mental health problems have doubled (British Medical Association 2006, Office of National Statistics 2004, The Telegraph 2009, Times Online 2010) Around 1 in 5 children have some sort of mental health problems
  • Children’s biggest worry is school and bullying (OFSTED TellUs survey and The Good Child enquiry) 78% of children worry about being bullied (4Child MyShout Survey)
  • Many children also suffer from anxiety due to concerns about parents stress, climate change, global warming, pollution, terrorism and street violence
  • 49% of children feel stressed, and the main reasons for this were school and peer-pressures (BBC research and The Good Child enquiry)
  • UK teenagers had the worst emotional health amongst high income countries in Europe (Unicef study)
  • 41% children and young people are concerned about their personal safety at school and in the community (DSCF Time to Talk consultation 2007)
  • Only 30% of 10 year olds feel safe in the classroom (PIRLS survey 2006)

Regular relaxation can help improve pupils’ concentration, achievement, attendance, behaviour and general health and well-being (Margolis, 1990). Apart from worries about school life, many children suffer from anxiety due to concerns about parents’ finances, climate change, global warming, and street terrorism. These stress hormones suppress the immune response, however, relaxation allows the immune system to recover and so function more effectively. Children who have been exposed to regular relaxation have been found to be happier, more positive and better listeners (Amon and Campbell, 2008).

Learning relaxation from a young age helps children manage their stress and stay in control and focussed. Pupils who are taught these simple relaxation and concentration techniques are able to apply them to all areas of the curriculum and other parts of their life.

 

Physical Outcomes

Self-awareness, relaxes muscles, calms nerves, boosts immune system, general well-being.

 

Mental Outcomes

Sharpens concentration and clarity, promotes positive thinking, improves memory and recall, reduces stress and tension, develops imagination and creativity.

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