How Meditation can help Students to stay stress-free
Benefits of Meditation – Helps Students to stay stress-free:
Now as we are expecting the summer to hit the season soon and make us sweat in the day, the season of exams will also add stress, anxiety, pressure and tension to the students of every age group and their parents.
So many students and parents will be looking in for healthy practices that relieve stress, calm frazzled nerves and help them relax to face the upcoming encounters – one unambiguous the answer is Meditation helps students to stay cool !!
First lets understand what is meditation?
Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment.
And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state
Question is, is meditation really helpful for the students ?
And the answer is absolutely Yes!! just not for students, but for all age group of human beings and literally there are hundreds commonly experienced and medically validated benefits of Meditation (both Physical and Phycological benefits)
A study, conducted on 93 students of a third year Business Ethics course in 2016, revealed that students who meditated in the classroom experienced a transformation in their thinking and behaviour.
Initially, these students found it challenging to control their “monkey minds” during a 10 minute meditation. But Interestingly, with practice over three months duration, 10 minutes became short for them, and they felt motivated to practice more at home.
Moreover, Ten to 12 minutes of meditation also enhances positivity and creativity among students — by reducing restlessness, nervousness and irritation — according to research from Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management.
And more importantly 10 minutes of meditation daily can enable us to connect with ourselves, get acquainted with our innermost feelings and have better plans for future
What benefits students can expect from meditation?
Changes in the brain
At the physiological level, research shows that meditation can reduce stress, pain, anxiety, cardiovascular diseases and insomnia.
Meditation also balances blood pressure and heart rate, improves respiration and cognition.
Neuroscience findings also suggest that brain can be changed structurally and functionally through regular practice of meditation — resulting in improved emotional and mental states.
Furthermore, there is ample research to show that the largest effects of meditation are experienced by those areas of brain which are responsible for happiness and positive feelings.
A reasonable amount of stress is healthy – it prompts us into action and helps us achieve our goals. Too much stress, on the other hand, is extremely unhealthy.
Most students have to deal with an assortment of stressful situations: assignments, tests, admissions exams, co-curricular activities and social pressures are all part of the college experience.
Scientific evidence has shown that mindfulness meditation improves our ability to cope with stress. A regular practice – even a few minutes once or twice a day – gives our batteries time to recharge.
And those who build a meditation practice and stick with it develop the inner resources they need to find that place of serenity and attentiveness when they need it most
Meditation also helps improve concentration – a top priority for any student. Through guided meditation for focus, we train in placing the attention on the present moment. When we begin meditating, one of the first methods we learn is how to settle our attention on the breath. This disciplines the mind to focus on a single activity at a time.
It actually takes a lot of willpower to set the mental clutter and chit-chat aside and concentrate on the here and now. Research has found a compelling link between regular meditation sessions and enhanced attention spans.
Meditation practice has also been shown to promote creativity, improve happiness levels and foster peace of mind. These are all crucial facets of emotional health. Tokpa Korlo, a sobriety activist and meditation instructor, teaches that mindfulness helps us overcome the fear of now.
So by acknowledging what we presently feel and working with it directly, we develop a more positive mindset.
Exam meditation, for instance, helps students overcome their fear of disappointing results so they can develop a more positive attitude towards the exam process here and now.
Confident minds also enjoy the challenge of finding inventive solutions to problems and puzzles. Good professors generally appreciate students who are willing to think outside the box. Meditation has been shown to bolster creativity and give inquisitive minds free rein to innovate.
There is conclusive evidence that mindfulness meditation promotes quality sleep and is an effective treatment for insomnia. For students, it’s often difficult to find time to sleep. When they do finally turn in, their minds are so busy that they find themselves ruminating about the next paper or exam instead of falling asleep.
So once again mindfulness comes to the rescue! Just a few minutes of regular practice can help train body and mind to disconnect from the busy-ness and pressures of college life. Research has shown that regular meditation can be a more effective remedy to sleeplessness than medication.
How to meditate: Simple meditation for beginners
This meditation exercise is an excellent introduction to meditation techniques.
Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair or cushion.
Close your eyes. We recommend using one of our Cooling Eye Masks or Restorative Eye Pillows if lying down.
Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity.
And, if your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath. Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods
So what does it takes the students or anyone to indulge into Meditation – is A unbroken commitment !!
The above discussion provides a glimpse of the potential of a meditation practice for students & every human beings of all ages to experience the Benefits of Meditation
A meditation practice does not require any sophisticated equipment, infrastructure, support system or money. It requires only commitment — to dedicate at least 10 minutes every day. And a small space to sit or stand comfortably.
Meditation as a part of regular day-to-day activities can play an important role not only in enabling students & everyone else to increase their self-awareness, but also in changing their perspective to some extent.
We think it is time for schools at all levels to acknowledge meditation practices as an important part of any curriculum — for the benefits of students and society as well