RGU are offering free Mindfulness based stress management sessions for students to attend.
The premise of these sessions is to help students; manage stress at University and everyday life, learn how to control stressful thoughts and how to live in the present instead of worrying about the past or the future.
The aim is to recognise how to deal with stress effectively and to have confidence when dealing with stressful situations. Practicing mindfulness gives students the ability to remain calm, sustain attention and be more able to focus. Mindfulness is about controlling the thinking process, regulating emotions and being self-aware.
Students can benefit from these sessions because they are likely to increase awareness of thoughts and feelings, and will therefore reduce stress and anxiety, and increase levels of concentration. This will allow students to perform better when under pressure.
Techniques will include breathing exercises to help students become aware of their physical presence and sensations in the body, such as tensions. Meditation will help to balance emotions by concentrating on the mindfulness exercises which are happening in the moment, and it is a chance to escape negative thinking. These are techniques that can be applied in circumstances outside of university life. Mindfulness provides resilience to stress and will give students the skills for managing stress with therapeutic techniques.
This is a good opportunity for students to learn Mindfulness techniques for the second semester and before the exam period begins again. Research has shown that Mindfulness is effective and many universities are offering these sessions.
Students will end each session feeling relaxed and able to take on coursework in a less stressful manner and will gain a new perspective on maintaining a healthy well-being.
There is no need to book a place in advance as these are drop in sessions. They will take place on Fridays from 17th February to 24th March, at 12:15 –13:00, in the Faculty of Health and Social Care Building, Room H123.
Timings of each session:
- Introduction to techniques - 20 minutes
- Mindfulness practice - 20 minutes
- End of session discussion - 5 minutes
Dates to attend:
There will be no sessions on 24th February or 17th March.
Contact Steve Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org