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Being at university is one of the most impactful experiences of your life and whilst this is true, sometimes it can be stressful and managing that stress can be hard. Meditation is a proven way to manage stress and gives you a chance to balance and prioritise your life. Meditation is more than just incense sticks and ‘hmm-ing’ - there are some great apps and videos that can guide you through mindfulness. We understand that it might not be for everyone, and perhaps you prefer other ways such as yelling at your team mates in COD, but it is definitely worth a try. So we have detailed some top tips for great mindfulness.
Although you are encouraged to put your phone down when trying to destress, some downloadable apps can actually help you find inner balance! Headspace is a great app that will guide you through how to manage stress levels with mindfulness and breathing techniques. They have different timed sessions that you can do either at home or at a quiet space on campus. Each site has a quiet room where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and University life for a few moments.
5 Tips for people who have never meditated in their lives:
○ You don’t need to meditate for hours to find your inner chi. We are all busy, but even 5 minutes can have a positive effect.
○ Practice focusing on different areas of your body: This may sound bizarre if you’ve never done it before, but once you've tried Headspace you will totally get our vibe here.
○ Do it while you drink your morning coffee: Meditating first thing in the morning is proven to be the most effective time to positively impact your day.
○ Find the perfect spot: If you do it onsite then check our quiet rooms on each campus.
○ Don’t force it: Like everything, meditation comes with practice - so breath and maybe come back to it.