Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million adults. Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year. It has got to make you wonder, surely there is a better way to combat a disease that has become so common in most western societies. Then I saw an article and thought it was a genius idea and can’t believe it is not being done in all schools. West Tisbury School has introduced a pilot program to implement yoga into the daily lives of their young students. Teaching them skills to calm there mind and cope with stressful situations. Why aren’t more schools following this lead?
As a society we have become very good at putting band-aides on our problems. The governments pour all this money into fixing problems rather than using the money to prevent them in the first place. Now I understand that all things cost money, but this pilot program is costing $22000 which is a far cry from the $42 billion plus already being spent on fixing the problem. It is not just the financial toll that has to be looked at when dealing with this disease. It is the emotional toll that it takes on the loved ones that suffer from this disease. I have experienced firsthand what it is like to be one of those loved ones as I have watched my own Mum suffer from depression and anxiety for quite some years. I would much prefer to spend that money now rather than later and avoid the emotional heart ache of not being able to do anything.
It has been quite some time since I had done yoga and only recently just started back up and loving it. Anyone who does yoga will know how beneficial it is on the mind, body and soul. With such a fast paced environment that most of us live in, we can all benefit from having a bit of calming time where we can stop, think and recollect our thoughts. I personally benefit having a baby and toddler and am determined to give them the skills to cope with our modern day life that so many children miss out on. It is up to us to change and shape our future generations.