Adjusting to a new semester can be extremely stressful and it is easy to feel overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. With that being said, it is also easy to help yourself deal with the stress of being a college student.
One word: meditation.
Meditation is a practice that involves breathing and obtaining a positive mentality to focus on relaxation. Studies have shown just how effective meditation is on the human body and mind, specifically with college students.
By concentrating on the moment and focusing on your breathing, you are able to let go of negative, stressful thoughts (i.e. papers, presentations, or the fact that you had to wait a half an hour in the Starbucks line).
So want to know how meditation can help you?
• Stress Reduction– According to the National Institutes of Health, meditation is believed to reduce stress in college students because it increases the activity in our minds that allows us to rest.
• Concentration Improvement– Meditation can take some work and mental energy, but practicing meditation methods can improve your concentration skills! Improved concentration can help you stay on task and finish your work.
• Overall well-being– Meditation can lead to an increase in happiness, creativity, and peace of mind!
So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider putting aside some time to take a deep breathe, meditate, and be kind to your mind.
Written by Allie Fonseca, Peer Educator