It would be an understatement to say that the year 2020 has contained a whirlwind of emotions. Many of us no longer feel like we are in control of our lives, but rather we are operating on autopilot to simply stay afloat. But what if I told you that there is a way to help regain your sense of control?
By taking a step back to rest and recover, meditation can be the starting point to redirect and regain your energy to continue fighting for social change. Pausing for a moment to breathe can help us reflect inward to gain a better understanding of what actions you can take to make a difference in our world.
By utilizing the power of mindfulness, we can face these overwhelming emotions, allowing us to be fully present throughout the rest of our crazy days. By being able to accept and be direct with our emotions and experiences, we better understand what and how we are feeling.
It’s a common misconception that meditation requires you to be sitting in the stereotypical criss-cross pose to gain the benefits. As a college student, I firsthand know how hectic and busy our schedules get. We are constantly balancing school work, extra curriculars, exercise and social events, so at times, we neglect to pay attention to our mental states.
However, fitting in the time for a simple mediation practice each day is super easy and can make a huge difference in your mental health. There are many ways to bring the benefits of mindfulness into your life that can fit into everyone’s unique college schedules. Just setting aside two to five minutes a day is really all you need to start developing a meditation practice.
Times to integrate mindfulness & meditation into your routine:
- Make it part of your morning routine. Instead of grabbing your phone and scrolling through Instagram, take a moment to meditate and breathe before rolling out of bed. This will help ensure you start each day off feeling positive and empowered.
- Make it part of your nighttime routine to reduce anxiety and improve your quality of sleep.
- Listen to a meditation exercise when walking on campus between classes to clear your head and feel more present. Mindfulness will help to improve your focus in class by instilling increased cognitive control and strengthened neural connections.
- Listen to a guided meditation while putting on makeup and getting ready for a night out with friends.
- Take advantage of the meeting with your professor that ends five minutes early or that starts five minutes late to become more present.
- Step away from your library cubicle for a quick study break. When you’re feeling completely overwhelmed and stressed, you’re no longer being productive and retaining information. A quick break to breathe and meditate will help to reduce stress and increase productivity.
How to jumpstart your meditation journey:
There are tons of free resources out there to help you find the meditation resource that works best with your lifestyle and goals.
Here are some free meditation resources to check out:
Choosemuse.com provides an extensive list of free meditation resources, here.
The FIT Magazine is hosting a free, half-hour intro to meditation class in partnership with Pause to Be Present on Thursday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. EST.
Join us to gain some helpful meditation tips and tricks, as well as learn how to focus your attention inward to create positive change during these turbulent times.
We hope to see you all there and provide an outlet that brings a greater sense of peace and ease into your lives, especially during a time when we all definitely need it.
Cover image credit: Private Therapy Clinic Limited