Mind Full, or Mindful?
Mindfulness: a state of active, open attention on the present.
Unfortunately, many of us do not practice mindfulness regularly — or at all. As college students, we find ourselves allowing stress to consume our lives. Let’s take a proactive step toward managing this stress together by working to be more mindful!
Here are some ways you can easily incorporate mindfulness into your daily life:
I can’t count the number of times I’ve told myself that I would “eat healthy” on a given day — only to find myself ending the day on my couch mindlessly eating out of boredom. Try eating intuitively and listening to hunger cues instead of simply eating out of routine. By listening to your body, you’ll be a happier, healthier version of you.
I promise, it’s not just for hippies! By setting aside 15-20 minutes every day for “me time,” you can significantly reduce anxiety. Relax your mind, release any negative thoughts and tension, and focus on breathing. Find the time that works for you, whether in the morning before a hectic day, midday when you need a break, or at night when you are winding down.
Few college students have the time or money to get weekly massages, but you can definitely treat yo self in other ways. Examine how you speak to yourself. Instead of saying “I need to fix myself,” try “I choose to care for myself.” Find a healthy, fun way to reduce stress such as walking, journaling, or drawing. Remember, in life, you get what you give, so be positive!
Find an exercise routine you actually enjoy — not one you have to force yourself to do. Exercising, believe it or not, is not supposed to be something you dread. Do you enjoy lifting weights, riding your bike, or taking a group fitness class? Whatever it is, find what works for you. Don’t be afraid to take a rest day when your body needs it — your workouts will be more effective and your body will thank you.
Be well, Auburn.
Photography: Jack P.