Mindfulness Helps Kids Cope with School Stress

Starting a new school year can be a real stressor for kids, and they don't always know how to deal with it. Learning to be mindful can help.

"Making a transition, whether it's to a new school, a new teacher or a new grade, signals change," says Michelle Bailey, MD, a pediatrician at Duke Integrative Medicine.

"Mindfulness helps kids recognize their thoughts, reconnect with their emotions and understand how that impacts their behavior," she explains. "Ultimately, if we can heighten awareness of our thoughts, we can modify our emotions and that changes behavior."

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