Students at university worried about their mental health might find doing a bit of mindfulness training helps, a practice that involves focusing on the present moment and allowing all worries and stress to melt away.
New research from the University of Bristol has found mindfulness could in fact help to reduce anxiety, negative thought patterns, excessive worry and improve resilience to stress, as well as supporting emotional wellbeing and professional development… although more analysis is required in this regard.
Students involved in the study reported back that they had improved empathy and communication skills, as well as better workload management and a new ability to notice automatic judgemental thinking – without identifying with such thoughts.
“Our aim is to find effective new ways of supporting students who may be suffering from stress and anxiety. This study has shown how mindfulness can help students who might be struggling, in particular medical students, find new ways of relating to the difficulties that arise in their clinical work, studying and wellbeing,” research fellow and co-author of the study Dr Alice Malpass said.
Top mindfulness tips
Focus on your breathing as this will anchor you in the present moment. Sense the flow of your breath and the rise and fall of your belly. It may help you to rest your hands on your stomach.
Tune into your senses when doing something. If eating, think about the taste and texture of the food, the colour, the smell and so on.
Your mind will naturally wander as you practice mindfulness, but just keep drawing your attention back to your breath and it will help your mind to clear.
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