Strengthen Mental Health in Schools With Standing Desks
Improved Mental Health in Schools
It is important to realize that there is more to standing desk benefits than simply being able to ensure that students do not easily fall asleep. There are, in fact, many benefits to students' mental health in schools that come as a direct result of using standing desks in the classroom.
Is There Really a Problem?
It has been found that anywhere between 5-10% of the population suffers from depression. While some may have worse depression symptoms than others, all of them need to be treated and find the best methods for improving their mental health state beyond simply making use of expensive and potentially harmful prescription medication. How many of us can say we were always HAPPY teenagers with great confidence?
Along with various aerobic exercises, such as walking, jogging, and swimming, standing at a desk has been proven to limit the amount of depression, and anxiety a person may experience. This happens because exercise, even the amount undertaken just standing at a desk instead of sitting, has been shown to increase circulation of blood to the brain. When this happens, it has a positive influence on the HPA, or hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis. This axis controls how a person reacts to the physiologic stress that they are dealing with.
Even though the students will be standing at their desks, they will be moving their bodies much more than they would be if they were simply sitting in a chair for their entire classroom time. Even the shuffling back and forth between their two feet is exercise and more specifically, it is an aerobic exercise. This is the type of exercise that is linked to a reduction in anxiety in many people.
Some Immediate Health Improvements
It has been identified in research that, by using standing desks in school, students become more self-aware. When this happens, the children often increase their self-care regime, because they know that they will not be hiding behind a traditional desk and chair. Once their self-care regime improves, you will find that the student’s will start to exhibit a little more self-confidence in their day-to-day lives.
Those suffering with mental health disorders may find that by simply standing at their desks, they will end up sleeping better at night, see an increase in stamina, and develop improved mental alertness. All of these things can improve the health status of students in the long-term.
As you begin to understand more about standing desks benefits, you will want to see what you can do in order to have your school get behind you with this. The sooner your school is able to place standing desks in the classroom, the sooner you will be able to see not only the benefits to students' mental health in school but also many other health benefits that comes along with using them.