Assess Your Mindfulness

 

un-mindful student in a library

         Sometimes we go through days in life where we don’t really think about what we are doing, and live in the moment. Do you ever feel like you are living in your body, rather than in your head? Or do you ever feel as though you really are observing what is happening in the here and now, the present time? This can be through sights and sounds, as well as emotions and thoughts. If you answered yes to either of these, then you are doing a good job so far of practicing mindfulness. If you ever feel stressed, worried, or full of anxiety, mindfulness can help you find true peace and relaxation. It can also help if you’re feeling hopeless, jerked round by life, or stuck in a cycle of bad harmful behavior.

            How do you know where you stand now in terms of your mindfulness aptitude? You can start by asking yourself questions such as, do you avoid negative emotions? Are there aspects of yourself that you don’t like to think about or actively try to avoid? Are you cognizant of when your emotions or mood shifts? Evaluating your honest responses to these questions can help guide you towards an enhanced state of mindfulness, which in turn leads to improved self-awareness.

Methods for College Students

         It isn’t easy for a college student to even find a quiet room to do homework in, let alone find a relaxing environment to practice mindfulness in. Thankfully, there are many different methods that can easily be used to help. Awareness mediation, for example, can be done in the comfort of your dorm room, or small apartment. It involves finding a comfortable place to sit and focusing on your breathing. If you feel yourself beginning to think about anything, just bring yourself back. In this practice, it is important you observe, but do not judge your emotions and actions.

            Why is this so important for college students? Students are oftentimes more susceptible to substance abuse addiction when they are unable or fail to discover ways to manage their stress in a healthy way. Instead of reaching for alcohol or drugs, students can learn hundreds of stress reliving practices that curb the need for substance abuse. Being mindful in the end can be extremely beneficial to the student. If you ever feel like you or a loved one needs help for a substance addiction, do not hesitate to seek professional help. What else is there for college students to use to relax? The list is endless, and keep reading further for a deeper look into ways to unwind.

Alternative Therapy For Addiction

         Have you ever looked into holistic care? There are countless alternative medications and practices out there that can relax you in a way you have never felt before. Holistic therapy heals not only your body, but your mind and spirit as well. In addition to an overall better sense of well-being, holistic care can help with sleep, anxiety, and addiction to substances. Some examples include therapeutic massage, chiropractic care, laser therapy, acupuncture, relaxation or vibroacoustic therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, nutritional counseling, and meditation and mindfulness programs.

Relaxation Techniques to help Mindfullness

            What really makes a person relaxed? Keeping a healthy mind is the ultimate form of relaxation. Patience, acknowledgment, and nonjudgement are all qualities we should always keep in the back of our mind. Being a person with true mindfulness means to be right with the present, and live in the moment that they are in. Are you aware of the thoughts that you are having when your mood changes? Do you notice your body react to certain people or situations? If so, you may actually be living in the present moment, and have achieved mindfulness, although that is not all, and we can all always work towards being more mindful at all times to active a happier, healthier life.

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  1. “Relaxation Techniques” & “Alternative Therapy” these sections of your post I thought were such great and thoughtful additions. Sometimes the conventional rehab methods don’t always work for every patient.

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