Benefits of Mindfulness for Students to Improve Academic Performance
August 19, 2022
Studies have shown a correlation between poor academic performance and stress levels. With constant distractions from social media and other digital devices, it is no wonder that many students feel stressed out and overwhelmed. That's where mindfulness can help you.
Today we will discuss the benefits of mindfulness for students and how to start practicing it while navigating your academic world.
Mindfulness Breeds Resilience
No matter what anybody says, being a student is a high-stress time. There are going to be days when everything appears to go wrong. It could be flunking a test, getting into an argument with a friend, or generally feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork.
In those days, resilience is the key, and mindfulness can help you develop that trait. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks. Research has shown that mindfulness can directly benefit resilience.
Along with developing resilience, mindfulness helps students better manage their emotions and cope with stress.
Cognitive benefits of mindfulness for students
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get distracted by thoughts of what you need to do next or what happened earlier in the day. Succumbing to that thinking makes it hard to pay attention in class and retain what you learn.
Mindfulness helps to train your brain to focus on the present instead, which leads to improved concentration and retention.
Recent researchexamined the link between mindfulness and cognitive improvements in a group of middle school students who went through a four-week mindfulness program. These students showed significant improvements in working memory capacity compared to their peers.
As you can see, we have clear evidence that mindfulness benefits not only your mental state but your focus and concentration.
How to practice it
Now that you're (hopefully) convinced that practicing mindfulness is worth a shot, you may wonder how to get started.
Make space and time for it
First of all, mindfulness doesn't just happen – you have to make space and time for it. That means setting aside some time each day to practice being mindful. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time - just five or ten minutes will do. You could start by taking a few minutes each day to sit quietly and focus on your breath.
When you know what to look for, the opportunities start to present themselves. There are many chances throughout the day when you can practice mindfulness. For example, when eating breakfast, brushing your teeth, or walking to class. Just give all your attention to your task at hand and try not to get distracted by the thoughts going through your head.
Incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine by being more aware of your surroundings and taking time to appreciate the little things. The next time you’re walking to class, take a moment to notice the flowers blooming or the leaves rustling in the wind.
Watching mindfulness videos at the start of your day
This is my personal favorite way to start my morning as it helps me set the tone for the rest of the day.
Watching a positive and calming video is a great way to remind yourself to stay mindful and find a piece of mind before starting your day.
Look around YouTube for some guided mindfulness videos that you can follow along. My favorite video is this awesome stoic quote collection. But of course, you'll have your own favorites.
When you think of mindfulness, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is yoga. And for a good reason – yoga is an excellent way to practice mindfulness.
Yoga can help you focus on your breath and body. It's a great way to release tension from your muscles. If you’re new to yoga, there are plenty of beginner-friendly yoga videos that you can follow along.
Some schools also offer yoga classes, so it’s worth checking if your school has anything like this.
Another great way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Meditation calms your brain and helps you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings.
There are plenty of resources that can help you to get started. Headspace is a great app that offers guided meditation for beginners. Once you get the hang of it, you can start meditating without guidance.
Starting out with meditation can be a trusting experience. Your mind will actively resist being still at first. But with time and practice, it will become easier and you’ll be able to achieve a state of mindfulness.
Bonus: Use YourTrail
As I worked on YourTrail, my main goal was to bring mindfulness and productivity together.
YourTrail is a daily personal dashboard that will help you maintain a positive mood and stay present and productive throughout the day.
It is fully customizable. You can select the tools you want on your dashboard and rearrange them as you see fit.
Often, daily planners emphasize productivity, but that's not how we work. On the other hand, YourTrail offers features that help you stay present, calm, and productive.
If being more mindful is something you’re interested in, give YourTrail a try! It could make a difference in your life.
So there you have it – some of the benefits of mindfulness for students and how to get started with it. Give it a try and see how it works for you! Namaste. ;)