Mindfulness Exercises for College Students
This article focuses on squeezing in mindfulness exercises for college students. Time management is essential in college and learning how to take care of what you need to do and yourself is very important in life. Many students are not only going to school with a full caseload, they are also juggling relationships, personal life and perhaps a job. Schedules can feel overcrowded and accomplishing assignments can feel impossible. These mindfulness exercises for college students can be done in between classes, between projects or work and school time.
Work with your existing schedule when incorporating these mindfulness exercises. Look at your class schedule and find small blocks of time. Larger blocks of time will most likely be used for studying or catching up on personal tasks. Once you have found a smaller block of time, think of how you will complete the mindfulness exercise.
Are you more of an indoors or outdoors person? Could you do a short walking meditation in a less trafficked area of campus in this time? If you would rather be indoors or weather does not permit, could you get to the next class early to do a breathing exercise? Find a nice place to sit down away from others and do a square breathing exercise. Square breathing is easy to remember, excellent for anxiety (such as test taking) and perfect for relaxation. After breathing in for four seconds, hold it in for four seconds, then breathe out for four seconds and repeat. A square!
Maybe the only time you have is in the food hall. After you grab your food for lunch. Find a nice spot to sit and feel the chair under you. Let your legs and arms relax. Breathe in the scents of the food in front of you and let out a breath of gratitude for having this moment for you. Let the aroma touch your lips first before you dig in. As you eat, take the time to note the flavors, colors, textures and temperature of the food you are eating. Savor your food, relax and put your fork down in between bites. Hold your drink in your hand and feel your mouth fill up with every sip. Try not to let your thoughts wander on the next task, stay in the moment and use your taste buds to anchor you.
As with mindfulness, time management skills improve with-time. If you practice, it will come. I know that college students go through many different stressors and I chose to focus on one here. We all live in this busy world, and need to create moments to do positive activities for ourselves, mindfulness can be one of them. If you are interested in working through some of the issues that you may be experiencing in college, you may consider mindfulness coaching.