Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are effective tools to help college students cope with stress, anxiety, or depression. You may have heard of mindfulness meditation, but you can practice mindfulness in many different ways outside of just meditation. Learn more about how mindfulness and meditation intersect and how to integrate them into your well-being routine.
Mindfulness and Meditation Workshops
According to Holly Rogers, MD, author of the Mindful Twenty-Something, mindfulness is the act of paying attention to your present moment experience with an attitude of compassionate curiosity. Why focus on the present moment? According to Rogers, mindfulness helps you develop the internal conditions that lead to enduring happiness so that you are not vulnerable to the constantly changing external conditions of your life experience. For college students, waves of stress regarding academics, social life, and future careers are frequently crashing onto students’ shoulders. As Rogers mentioned, mindfulness can help you ride the waves of stress in a way that will not lead you to feel overwhelmed.
Meditation uses mindfulness to become more aware of your thoughts, body, and attention. Meditation usually occurs sitting or laying down. Some individuals choose to close their eyes during meditation while others have a soft gaze. During meditation, individuals focus on their breath and allow their thoughts to pass by. Meditation is not the act of stopping your thoughts but rather noticing them and not engaging with them. As an individual begins to learn how to meditate they may fall into the thinking mind, where they are engaging with their thoughts. If this happens, just gently remind yourself to focus on the breath. Practice non-judgment and self-compassion during your meditation practice.