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Mindfulness

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and your surrounding environment.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

Mindfulness and Your Grades

Research has shown that practicing mindfulness eliminates wandering thoughts, increases working memory capacity, and improves exam scores

Benefits of Mindfulness

Mental Health

Several studies have found that mindfulness increases positive emotions, while reducing negative emotions and stress. Research also suggests that practicing mindfulness can improve learning, memory, emotional regulation and empathy.

Focus

Studies suggest that mindfulness helps us tune out distractions and improve our memory and attention skills. This makes it easier to pay attention in class or focus when studying.

Physical Health

It has been suggested that practicing mindfulness can boost our immune system’s ability to fight off illness. Mindfulness can also lead to decreasing your blood pressure.

Relationships

Research suggest mindfulness training makes couples more satisfied with their relationships, makes partners feel more optimistic and relaxed, and makes them feel more accepting of and closer to one and other.

Stress

Mindfulness helps people cope with stress and reduce levels of anxiety.

Emotions

There is evidence suggesting that aggression, anger and hostility are decreased when one practices mindfulness. 

Just do it!

It is not uncommon to find skeptics when it comes to the benefits of mindfulness. However, similar to how you cannot reap the benefits of exercise by reading about it, you will not truly understand the advantages of practicing mindfulness until you give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Practicing Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is easier that you may believe. Some methods to practice mindfulness include: yoga, meditation, listening to nature, focused breathing, or anything that brings your focus to the present.

Being Mindful of Food and Substances

Being mindful of what you consume can decrease overeating/overdrinking and feeling guilty, choosing the wrong food/drinks, and becoming dependent on substances, like food and alcohol. 

Being Mindful in Relationships

Become more satisfied with your relationships to prevent dwelling on the past, worrying about the future and becoming disconnected. Try and focus on listening and being open-minded, being empathetic and thinking before you speak.

Being a Mindful Student

Being a mindful student can help you relax, focus, and accomplish your goals. Practice mindfulness at school by turning off your phone while studying, concentrating on one task at a time, visualizing yourself writing an exam before starting, and taking short study breaks when you start to lose focus. 

Yoga

In recent years, yoga has become more popular and research has found many mental health benefits. It can be practiced by people from all religious backgrounds. Trying different types of yoga may help find one that suits you. Types of yoga include:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Sivananda
  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Yin
  • Iyengar Yoga
  • Jivamukti
  • Kundalini
  • Hot Yoga

Meditation

Meditation can lead to improved concentration, decreased distraction, decreased stress levels, and better coping skills.

 Clearing the Mind Meditation Technique

  • Sit comfortably with hands on your knees facing up
  • Inhale and raise hands to the back of the head bringing fingertips together, visualize all your thoughts being gathered in your hands
  • Exhale and push the thoughts up and away in front of your head, your hands drop back to your knees facing down
  • Visualize your thoughts becoming clouds and floating away, changing and moving as clouds do
  • Enjoy a moment of your clear mind, watch your thoughts float away like clouds, repeat after a few moments or as the mind wanders

Resources

U of S Resources 

Practicing mindfulness if accessible – even here. There are some great U of S resources that are available here to students:

U of S Yoga Club

Whether you are a beginner with minimal experience or have been practicing yoga for years, check out the U of S Yoga Club

PAC Yoga Classes

The PAC offers yoga classes every day and puts the schedule on PAWS.  Sign up for classes by calling the PAC or in person at the Customer Service Desk. Class schedule

Student Wellness Centre

If you find things in your life are becoming too much for you and are struggling to find balance help is available at the Student Wellness Centre.

Study Naturally techniques

Make sure to check out other Study Naturally techniques. When used together, they can help you reach your academic goals:

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