Almost half or 45% of college students seek counseling sessions due to the stress.
College years are a time when students experience an increase in stressful events including keeping up with their academic workload, being away from their family for the first time, working to support themselves, maintaining intimate and social relationships, and keeping themselves healthy.
First-year college students are overwhelmed with all their responsibilities that they should find ways to manage their stress levels in order to be successful in college. By incorporating meditation into their daily routines, they can not only relieve the pressure they feel every day.
Meditation Relieves Stress and Anxiety
Ask any college student about the stress of being one and they will surely agree that college is indeed stressful. In fact, college is such as a high-pressure environment that students may develop anxiety disorders due to the amount of stress they experience.
College students become very stressed because they are juggling school, work, family, and friends while trying to discovering who they are.
Studies show that practicing meditation can help reduce anxiety through the reduction of identification with one’s successes and failures.
Colleges and universities have also recognized the benefits of their study body practicing meditation that they have offered it as part of their wellness programs and promote mindfulness-based classes as part of their curriculum.
Parents have also begun to teach it to children and how they can use it as a tool to manage their emotions so that there is less risk of depression and anxiety.
Integration of Meditation in Daily Routine
You can easily incorporate meditation techniques in your daily routine, especially when you feel stressed by all the requirements and classes you have and it’s still the middle of the day. In between classes, you can look for a comfortable and quiet place like a bench outdoors and sit down.
You just need to focus on your natural breath while your eyes are closed. After 5 to 10 minutes of listening to the sound of your breath and sounds around you, you’ll feel less and anxious and ready to take on the next challenge of the day.
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Sometimes college students would be stressed just by thinking about the subjects they have to study or they would panic even after studying because they feel like it’s not enough. If you also experience this, then meditation before or after studying can help you calm yourself.
You can try alternate nostril breathing to release stress. Sit comfortably and close your eyes, then use your hand to block one nostril at a time. Breathe in and out with the open nostril while sealing the other nostril. Do this for two to five minutes before resuming studying or doing another task.
Meditation can help you deal with the demands of being a college student. You may try to practice it as an alternative method in reducing stress and anxiety so that you’re more successful in your college life. Remember, less stress means more success for you.
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