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In the wake of University Mental Health Day, Tanya Rogers our Sales Director talked to University Business about measures that students can take to manage the demands of university life through mindfulness which could improve their mental wellbeing.
She explained how people can assume that a students life is easy, with an all day social life, living in five star accommodation and having the time of their lives. However, for the majority of students this couldn’t be further away from the truth.
A student life is filled with activities, deadlines and new experiences that can sometimes be physically and emotionally exhausting. Unsurprisingly, it is not unusual for students to feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. If you also factor in that many of them are miles away from their family and home – the whole experience can sometimes be very isolating.
To raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding mental health, Student Minds charity created University Mental Health Day. Now an established date on the student calendar, University Mental Health Day provides an invaluable resource for students. Particularly when – as highlighted by Student Minds – 75% of mental health difficulties develop by the mid-20s, an age that coincides with the time students typically spend at university.
Tanya explained how in order to support University Mental Health Day, we at Crystal FM were keen to offer practical resources that would work in line with the counselling services initiated by Student Minds. As a result, we enlisted yoga, mindfulness and meditation specialists to run workshops in student halls throughout the day.
Student life can be very hectic and so it is important for them to be able to take a little bit of time to themselves. Getting into the habit of practising mindfulness is a great way to help balance the pressures of a full timetable.
Mindfulness is fast becoming a way of life for people of all ages and professions, not least because it is so easy to practise whilst on the go.
Benefits of mindfulness:
- Reduces stress
- Decreases anxiety
- Reduces depression
- Decreases emotional reactivity
- Improves clarity of thought
- Increases positivity
- Boosts working memory
- Improves ability to focus
- Improves communication skills
- Offers self insight
To read the article on the University Business website click here.
Also do check out our blog post with our Top Ten Feel Good Tips here.