Meditation: What it is & Why You Should Do It

It’s no secret that college life can be pretty hectic. Between your internship, your clubs, your classes, your homework, your part-time job and your social life (if you can even manage to have one!), you can build up a pretty overwhelming amount of stress, which can have some serious side effects. A quick gym session or striking some yoga poses can do the trick of relieving some of those stresses, but sometimes you’ll find your schedule is too busy to even squeeze gym time in. How’s a college girl supposed to unwind if she doesn’t even have time to breathe?

The trick is meditation, a mental exercise that allows you to engage in quiet thought and reflection. Any collegiette can do it to lessen her daily stress, and it can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day!

To find out more about how meditation works and how collegiettes can incorporate it into their busy schedules, we consulted Carly Lockman, a certified holistic health coach.

How Meditation Works

So what exactly does meditation do?

“Mediation is a very powerful tool for stress relief,” Lockman says. “On a scientific level, even a few minutes of meditation daily works to weaken the neural pathways to the prefrontal cortex, the center of the brain responsible for feelings of fear and anxiety. The more we meditate, the more we are able to regulate our thoughts, feeling[s] and reactions.”

When those daily stresses start to test our patience—and our blood pressure—mediation can actually help us keep our cool. “A normally ‘hot-headed’ person may find themselves able to calmly assess a situation before reacting when engaging in regular mediation,” Lockman explains.

Our minds may be producing an endless stream of thoughts and lists during our busy days, but taking a few moments to prune and hone our thoughts can really make a difference.