Through Extracurricular Activities, Boarding Schools Help Students Unplug and Destress

Boarding high schools offer rigorous classes and are increasingly focused on integrating science and technology into their curricula. Nonetheless, these prestigious learning centers understand there are also benefits to unplugging.

Students need to have time to destress while maintaining challenging academic requirements. The best way to for students to “decompress” is by unplugging from the digital world — even if it’s for a short amount of time.

Unplugging With Yoga

Spending time in nature and participating in challenging physical exercises are two ways for students to unplug. Studies show that involvement in extracurricular activities such as yoga, hiking, rock climbing or camping are great ways to destress, boost academic performance and creativity.

Live Strong, a health and lifestyle website, says “The ancient practice of yoga offers a multitude of benefits to modern-day students at almost every grade level. Yoga’s combination of breath and movement can help alleviate social and academic stress, clear the mind and soothe cramped bodies jammed into desks and hunched over computers.”

Yoga alleviates stress — which affects everyone, even youthful students at boarding high schools. Although students generally have young and healthier immune systems than adults, they are still susceptible to the negative effects of stress. Live Strong says students who regularly unplug by practicing yoga have reduced levels of stress and higher academic performance.

Boosting Creativity In Nature

The Huffington Post adds that time spent in nature away from electronic devices correlates to higher levels of creativity among students. “A new study, to be published in the journal PLOS One, shows that spending four nature-filled days, away from electronic devices, is linked with 50 percent higher scores on a test for creativity.”

Although boarding high schools are often focused on utilizing technology in curricula, by ensuring regular time outdoors with activities such as hiking, rock climbing or camping, students and educators can reduce stress and boost creativity at the same time.

Nicole Donaldson is an academic writer for Fusion 360, an SEO and content marketing agency. Information provided by Wasatch Academy. Follow on Twitter.