Like all animals, it is essential that we have some level of stress to survive. With this, it is inevitable for college students to experience some level of stress to aid in being able to dedicate time and focus to studying and homework. However, it quite often transpires into anxious thoughts and worrying that can have the opposite effect, as it can interfere with one’s academics and overall well-being.
In fact, according to the National College Health Assessment that was sent out to the University of Rochester student body in 2017, approximately 64% of students claimed that they had overwhelming anxiety about school work. Although these statistics are alarming, there are very short mindfulness practices that you can incorporate into your day to get through anything with more ease and confidence. As Jon Kabat-Zinn said in his book Wherever You Go, There You Are, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”. Through learning how to be more mindful in your everyday life, you can be able to not only experience less stress but can also improve your sleep, cognitive function, and overall health!
New Mindfulness & Meditation Workshops
Taking into account these statistics, the UHS Health Promotion Office is taking initiative to improve the mental well-being of the University of Rochester student body. Although we may not be able to change the amount of work students have, we can improve students ability to cope through mindfulness practices. This past fall Amy Nadelen, our Health Educator, began a Mindfulness and Meditation workshop for students to learn about and develop mindfulness and meditation practices for stress reduction. This course was based off evidence-based programs such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction that was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Koru Mindfulness from Duke University, and Learning 2 Breathe.
- Last semester, this workshop had an overwhelming interest, with over 38 students who were interested, more than we were able to accept into the workshop!
- On the program evaluation survey from the workshop, 100% of survey respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that this program allowed them to develop skills to manage stress.
- In addition, attendees reported that they plan to practice mindfulness and meditation at least three days a week.
With the popularity of this workshop and the positive impact it had on attendees, this workshop is now going to be a regular offering. Multiple sessions will run every month in the spring semester. February’s program is already full, but check the registration page to sign up for the March sessions!
Where: UHS Health Promotion Classroom, 2nd floor of the UHS Building, Room 200
Required Reading: Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Click here to sign up! When you sign up, you will be required to attend all 4, 75-minute workshops. Class is also limited to 15 attendees and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
By Rebecca Block
Peer Health Advocate
Class of 2018