A growing body of evidence suggests that meditation could be beneficial to teens and tweens, helping them navigate their way through the anxiety of exams.
Here are a few research:
- Studies show that students who meditate before an exam perform better than students who do not
- Mindfulness practice can improve concentration
- Mindfulness-based interventions have been demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression
There are three structures of the brain: the brainstem (our “reptilian” brain, responsible for breathing, heart-rate, etc.), the limbic system/amygdala (our “mammalian” brain, involved in emotion and memory) and the cortex (our “human” brain, responsible for thinking and self-regulation).
The amygdala is very close to the pre-frontal cortex, and mindfulness and meditation can help the thinking part of the brain process the raw emotion of the limbic system. And that can lead to better decision-making — it allows a mindful pause, a skillful response instead of an unthinking reaction.
Meditation has been shown to increase gray matter in the portion of the brain responsible for self-awareness and compassion. Mindfulness can play a role in the neuroplasticity of the brain — our experiences can actually transform our brains, the way exercise can transform our bodies.
This meditation can be used in conjunction with the card deck for anxious teenagers.