Mindfulness…it’s a lot more mainstream now with apps like Headspace and Calm, however we’re probably still not quite there yet given how much benefit can come from this little used technique.
One thing to note with mindfulness is that there are levels to it. Don’t worry that you won’t be able to create a mindful practice because you don’t have time to become a monk or to meditate even an hour a day. It’s much simpler than that.
On our own journey of mindfulness it started with a simple change to some pretty common habits. One of the most common when your at university being the feeling of inadequacy that you can achieve what is required of your course or the overwhelm of the amount of work you have to do.
One of the craziest parts of this is that in many cases these feelings are created by our own thoughts. Just think to yourself…there isn’t actually anyone actively walking around telling everyone how terrible they are at their course or aggressively demanding for you to complete a stack of work with no support at all?
As our growth hack states in the planner, one of the quickest ways to start a mindfulness practice is to start naming your emotions as you feel them. This helps you to process them and actually have control of them. Rather than the alternative which is letting your emotions take the proverbial reigns and run wild with your day (normally to your detriment).
So if that is how you plan to challenge your growth this week…get out there and when an emotion pops up NAME IT AND TAME IT.
If this isn’t your thing and you would like to try another way to get more mindful and improve your wellbeing, then below is a great beginners guide to mindfulness.
A Beginners Guide to Mindfulness
Short and sweet today, however we don’t want to overwhelm you and make it seem like a big task. A simple and small change in your mindfulness approach has just as much power to transforming your studies!
As always we would love to hear your thoughts on how your new mindfulness practice has helped you in your studies. So feel free to share with the Semester community in the below comments!