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Meditation and exercise can alleviate teacher stress

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Teachers in grades K-12 who combined meditation and aerobic exercise for as little as two hours a week at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic suffered less anxiety, depression and overall stress, according to a Rutgers neuroscientist. Study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience A new study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that a combination of mental and physical training that included meditation and aerobic exercise significantly reduced anxiety and depressive and negative thoughts in teachers from the northeast US who were involved in the study. The exercises were performed for one-hour twice a week, over a six-week period. “In this study we focused on the ongoing stress and trauma that many people were experiencing during the first summer of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tracey Shors, distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at the Rutgers-New Brunswick School of Arts and Sciences. Read More: Testing Pregnancy At Home? Here’s Everything About Pregnancy Test Kits “It was an especially scary time because many people were becoming ill and dying and yet there were no vaccines or even much knowledge about the virus.” “Not knowing what would happen in the next school year left teachers under an […]