mindfulness               Mindfulness is a new buzzword taking workplaces by storm. But just as it has been found to have a positive impact on business people and workers, it can also impact you and your studies for the better. Do you ever feel like your head is filled with constant noise, that you’re thinking about the past and your mind gets stuck in unproductive ruts? For students, the ability to quiet your mind can help you feel less stressed and learn more easily. The key to this kind of quiet thinking? Mindfulness. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness entails paying close attention to the present moment and observing your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations without judging them. During this time of quiet observation, you can begin to recognise the patterns of your thoughts and emotions. You’ll eventually learn to quiet them by focusing on the present. Learning to recognise your thoughts and emotions, and how to separate them from facts will teach you how to calm yourself in stressful situations. What are the benefits of mindfulness? Studies show that regular mindfulness practice has these benefits which are especially beneficial for students:
  • Improves the ability to pay attention and stay focused.
  • Decreases stress.
  • Improves memory retention.
  • Increases self compassion.
  • Improves impulse control.
How do you practise mindfulness? It’s recommended that when you first wake up in the morning, while you’re still wrapped up in your blankets, you spend two minutes practising mindfulness. For two minutes simply do nothing except watch your breath go in and out and be aware of your surroundings. If you’re not sure you can do this alone, try downloading an app which will guide you in your meditations. Still not convinced? A recent article published by the Harvard Business Review pointed to the positive impacts of the practice of mindfulness. It concludes, “Too often, the most ambitious leaders assume that if you are running around, you are achieving much. If you want to be a forward-thinking professional, stop thinking about the future for a moment. If you want to do more today, sit down and practice being aware of your breath and the fact that you have access to meaning right now.”   Image: Pexels