Five Ways to Be Mindful as a Busy College Student

College schedules can get pretty overwhelming, especially at this point in the semester. Classes have kicked into high gear and midterms are already on the horizon! If you’re starting to stress, take a deep breath, sit back, and check out these mindfulness tips that will be sure to make the rest of your semester a little more easygoing.

  1. 1. Take a Walk

    Never dismiss nature’s magical ability to move your train of thought away from what’s stressing you out. If you are ever experiencing writer’s block on a paper or that last physics solution just isn’t coming to you, a stroll down one of the trails is a must! It will clear your mind and make space for the answers to show up in place of all that worry. ​

  2. 2. Think About Your Breath

    Focusing on a neutral aspect of the world is a great way to stop negative thoughts from flowing. Your breath is as neutral as it gets, as it’s there with you through the good and the bad. Take a few minutes to just focus on the frequency of your breath and feel your chest rise and fall. Then relax into a breathing pattern that is more comfortable and relaxing for you. The stressful thoughts will soon start to dissipate.

  3. 3. Play the Five Senses Game

    This is a great grounding exercise to do when you can’t seem to focus on anything but the problem. Close your eyes and focus in on one sound you hear. Block out all other distractions. Now focus on the surface you are standing, sitting, or laying on. How does it feel? Can you smell anything? Taste anything? Now open your eyes and focus on one thing in your surrounding environment. Hold this focus for a few minutes or until you feel your mind completely empty. Now you’re ready to get back to work. And don’t be afraid to take your time with this...trust me, you’ll be way more productive afterward!

  4. 4. Move Around

    If you’re feeling stressed, change up your environment. It will bring new energy to your work and you might even be able to get it done faster. For example, if you’re studying in the library, try moving to a table outside. If it’s too cold, you could even just switch up what table you’re sitting at. Or even which way your chair is facing! It’s all about refocusing your mind.

  5. 5. Guided Meditation

    There are so many great meditations to follow along to out there! If you want an app, I’d recommend Headspace or Calm. However, there are also a ton of free guided meditations on YouTube. A few of my favorite creators are Jason Stephenson and Michael Sealey.

There is a lot of work to be done. We are, of course, in college. However, challenging assignments don’t have to ruin your day! No matter which of these tips work for you, the goal is always the same. Try to get your mind off of what is stressing you out. You will be much more efficient when your mind is in the right place. 

 

 

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