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As you get deeper into the fall semester, the signs of college fatigue may begin to manifest themselves: irritation, agitation, and poor school performance. These problems can often be compounded by a lack of sleep or stress as well. You’ve probably heard of the common remedies: a warm bath, listening to calming music, or maybe a walk around the block.
However, you may very well overlook one of the easiest and most effective forms of combatting stress: meditation. Meditation has increased in popularity over the last few years as more and more people have come to realize the benefits that can be reaped by taking a few minutes to chill out.
No matter your schedule or experience level, there is a form of meditation that is sure to fit your needs. As a college student, we suggest carving out time to meditate. There are ample reasons to try meditating.
Perhaps the most obvious and immediate impact of meditation is stress reduction. Meditation has been shown to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Not only will meditation reduce your cortisol levels, it’ll also help you deal with tough situations throughout the day. This can be especially handy during high-stress times like exams.
Beyond any concrete, scientific evidence, meditation is still worth a try during stressful times. The simple act of meditation gives your mind a break and allows you to focus on something other than your schoolwork. You’re likely no stranger to stress as a college student, so why not give meditation a shot?
Meditation can also help you get more relaxing and fulfilling sleep. This is essential for success in school. Waking up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated is often due to a good sleep cycle, which can in turn be attributed to meditation.
Sleeping better will allow you to have more energy during the day as well. This can be imperative for early morning or late night classes.
Clearing your head of distractions is an important factor in the college success equation. Meditation has been shown to improve concentration and mental clarity. Your awareness and attention to detail will be heightened as well, which may be the difference between an A and a B.
Meditation may also possibly boost your grades. A study conducted by researchers at George Mason University found students who meditated before class scored better on quizzes than their classmates who did not meditate. In some cases, meditation was even a strong predictor of which students passed and which students passed the quiz.
UHS offers meditation to UW students throughout the school year at different locations. Visit our meditation page for more information and meditation techniques you can try on your own.