In the past couple of months, I have been feeling stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted and just downright unhappy, and I felt like nothing I could do would make me feel better. I talked to my friends and my family, and it wasn’t until I stumbled across an innocent article online about mindfulness that my life turned around.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
Researchers across the country study the importance of mindfulness. It is often employed as a therapeutic technique for many psychological conditions; however, many people believe mindfulness should be incorporated within every person’s life, especially during stressful times (hello, college!). It originated from the practices of Buddhism over 2,500 years ago, but in more modern times, a University of Massachusetts professor of medicine emeritus named Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn created a stress reduction program focusing on the practice of mindfulness in the late 1970s.
To this day, academics, therapists, and researchers across the world genuinely believe in the importance of mindfulness. And so should you. Taking thirty minutes a day to breathe and focus purely and unapologetically on yourself will make your life instantly brighter and happier. It requires you to concentrate on your goals, feelings and mental health which in turn will help you feel more in control of your life. As college students, we all feel overwhelmed and bit uneasy about where our lives are headed. Practicing mindfulness allows you to take thirty minutes a day to be fully aware of how you feel. You control the entire process.
There are many ways to practice too. Essentially, anything works as long as you are alone and contemplative. Most people like to meditate, do yoga, listen to calming music, focus on your breathing, or keep a diary, but if you have something you love to do like going for a run or driving around aimlessly listening to your favorite music, you can do that too as long as you are fully aware of the present moment and accepting how you feel.
College does not need to be exhausting and overwhelming all the time. It is truly so important to take care of your mental health, and remember life is happening right now. You should enjoy it. Mindfulness allows for you to constantly remind yourself that how you are feeling in the moment matters. You shouldn’t feel constantly sad or stressed, hoping in the future you’ll be happier and more relaxed. By practicing mindfulness, you’ll be taking thirty minutes a day to fully acknowledge your feelings and grow from them. So try it! I promise you won’t regret it.
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