As a student making their way through university or college, life can very quickly get on top of you. Thinking about your assignments, your part-time job, keeping fit and healthy, and maintaining a social life is only a few of the worries a student faces… So how can meditation benefit a student’s stressful lifestyle?

What is meditation? 

It’s about unwinding. It is not about focus, it’s in reality about de-focus. It’s not about with concentrating one’s thoughts on one specific subject, but rather about being utterly thoughtless and having a clear mind. Something students might not get to enjoy very often.

What are the advantages of meditation?

  • A clear, calm mind
  • Better focus
  • Reduced stress
  • Better communication
  • Improved motivation

What health benefits does it have? 

It doesn’t just benefit you mentally, but physically too! During meditation the physiology experiences a change and each cell in the body is loaded with more prana (energy) which triggers feelings of delight, peace and excitement. On a physical level, meditation can:

  • Brings down high blood pressure
  • Prevents tension pain i.e. headaches and joint pain
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Boosts serotonin levels which brings about a positive and enthusiastic mindset
  • Gives your more energy

What mental health benefits does it have? 

Regular meditation brings about healing which nourishes your insides and mind making your feel fresh and relaxed! So practicing meditation on a regular basis can:

  • Improve creativity
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Combat stress
  • Sharpen the mind
  • Increase happiness
  • Reduce feelings of anger and tension
  • Improved mental strength

Do these all sound like things you could do with more of as a student? The practice takes only a few minutes and when you introduce it into your routine it becomes the greatest part of your day – it takes practice at first to empty your mind, the best way to start is by focusing on your breathing and let it come naturally.