For most students, going to school is a grueling task. Waking up every morning, doing their assignments, and studying for their exams will, at some point, only bring upon stress. Students nowadays are not only affected by external pressures but they also often deal with emotional stressors. Failing to cope with such stressors only worsens the student’s experience at school. That poor experience may only lead to them giving up at some point.
An excellent solution to this problem is the incorporation of new habits or routines. One of the reasons most students face this problem is due to the lack of hobbies or a companion. An example of a new hobby they may try out is meditation.
The Benefits Of Meditation
Meditation is a practice that aims to transform an individual’s mind. Through various techniques, an individual can train his or her brain to become more aware and have a healthy sense of perspective. Through this exercise, they may achieve a mentally clear and stable mind. Meditation also comes with several benefits. Listed below are some of its benefits for students.
- Your immune system improves, making you less vulnerable to diseases.
- Your energy level increases, thus making you more capable of doing different kinds of tasks.
- You decrease your chances of developing high blood pressure.
- You increase the production of serotonin in your body, thus making you happier and more relaxed.
Dr. Nikki Martinez, PsyD, LCPC, supports this by writing, “Just a brief meditation episode can rejuvenate us when we are feeling tired. Like biofeedback, meditation can help us to learn to control our own blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. If we develop these skills, we can have control over the amount of stress we put on our body and quickly shut it down.”
- You gain emotional and mental stability.
- Your creativity increases and more ideas flow through your mind.
- You begin to think less of your problems and focus more on the essential things in your life.
- You gain clarity and peace of mind, which may lead to happiness.
Not only does meditation benefit you physically and emotionally, but it also improves your personality. Through meditation, you may gain a better understanding of yourself. Moreover, Sadhbh Joyce, Senior Psychologist at the Black Dog Institute, says, “Meditation allows us to take advantage of our brains’ neuroplasticity and effectively rewire it to enhance things such as concentration, focus, and memory.”
How To Incorporate Meditation Into Your Life
Next, you may be wondering how to incorporate meditation into your daily routine. As a student, the most effective time to do it would be as soon as you wake up or before going to bed.
For beginners, here is a step-by-step procedure you can follow when meditating at home.
- Find yourself a comfortable spot. Take a seat and prepare to begin.
- You then need to set a time limit for the session. It may be 5 to 10 minutes long.
- Fix your posture and find a stable position you can maintain during the whole session.
- Watch your breathing. Don’t inhale and exhale too fast. Pace each breath equally.
- Allow your mind to wander through all your thoughts and ideas. Let them flow, but don’t let them bother you.
- Practice each step and set this as a daily routine.
Meditating will only take up a little of your time, and the benefits you receive from it are worth the effort. Why not give it a shot and get into this new hobby now? Break free from the stress of school and discover your full potential.
“Mindfulness meditation, in helping us bring full attention to the present moment, helps us reclaim our lives. It increases our capacity to be aware and in tune with our experiences, our feelings and emotions, our body, our mind and spirit. With mindfulness, we learn how to reconnect with ourselves, with life, and our humanity.” Andrea Colombu, LMFT.