Stress. Sometimes even that word makes people shiver. However, that does not have to be you. The usage of mindfulness meditation is a healthy process that relieves the detrimental stresses of a high intensity society on mental and physical well-being, and leads to numerous benefits. Mindfulness meditation should be implemented into a person’s everyday schedule because it may increase the overall quality of life by reducing everyday stress.
Meditation, in simple words, is sitting or lying down (you can stand if you really feel like it), and you take a few minutes to focus on your breathing and clear your mind. Some people also use yoga or other activities like that as their meditation. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4895748/)
Going back to the terrible word “stress”, as a college student, you have probably experienced it before. Unfortunately, this stress is actually way more detrimental to your health than you think. If you are someone who wants to do well in classes, without burning out, or just someone who does not want to be stressed out from school, meditation is for you. Productivity and focus can be achieved through meditation. According to Ami Kapadia’s article (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5882186/), she is a primary care doctor who was completely burned out doing her job. This reduced the quality of her work.
Yes… she is a doctor. You do not want a doctor to do their job terribly. She turned to meditation, and found herself being more productive, her burnout was reduced, and her quality of work increased.
Now, obviously, most of you are probably not doctors, some may be planning to, or some may not be. Regardless, you are a student, and stress is a part of schoolwork. It does not have to be. Meditation is an easy (and free, for broke college students) to reduce their stress and increase the quality of their work. It gives you a break; it is like a mini nap where you’re not actually sleeping. Whether it is 5 minutes or 30 minutes, it is beneficial just to give yourself a break. After reading this, I challenge you to close your eyes, take deep breaths, and focus on your breathing and only your breathing. Notice how you feel a little calmer. That is basically because your heart rate has probably slowed down.
Meditation is a way that you can thrive and achieve great things in school without burning out. Imagine having a 4.0 and no stress! What a dream!