Testing season is about to begin – does your child have the skills to master academic stress and build resiliency in stressful situations? The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine’s Resilient Youth program teaches students to recognize their personal stress triggers and develop techniques to stay calm in stressful situations. This course provides young people the opportunity to develop lifelong positive habits that enhance personal resiliency.
Resilient Youth’s research-based approach has been proven to help reduced test-taking anxiety, strengthen memory and concentration and improve academic performance.
Many patients report an uptick in stress-related health concerns in the winter, says Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, medical director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at the MGH. Mehta offers the following four mechanisms to de-stress:
Self-care. Take a few moments every day for stress reduction utilizing mind body practices such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga or Tai Chi.
The core belief of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) - that teaching patients mind body approach like meditation and yoga can reduce their stress and improve overall physical health – was proven correct in a preliminary study published this fall in the journal PLOS ONE. The study found that patients who participated in BHI programs reduced their medical visits on average by 43% in the year after taking part.
The study was led by Dr. James E. Stahl of the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment. Dr. Stahl was previously affiliated with BHI and is Chief of General Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. “Our study’s primary finding is that programs that train patients to elicit the relaxation response – specifically those taught at the BHI – can also dramatically reduce health care utilization,” Dr. Stahl said. “These programs promote wellness and, in our environment of constrained health care resources, could potentially ease the burden on our health delivery systems at minimal cost and at no real risk.”