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A Stress Reliever for Students

In today’s time there is more pressure put on students compared to the past. More students are going to college because a high school degree isn’t guaranteeing people a job like in years past. So by having to go to college there is a considerable amount of pressure on students to continuously keep their grades up so they can get scholarships to pay for them. You add this in with extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs and there is certain stress put on students. Then another level of that is after college students graduate they have to worry about obtaining a job. Throughout this whole educational process it can get tough at times and students need a way to maintain their sense of peace. Some students may be dealing with situations they can’t even control and that’s why a lot of students become stressed. One way I’ve learned about to relieve this stress is to do meditation. The technical definition of meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself. What that is basically saying is meditation is a practice where you clear your mind to relieve stress. At first meditation felt like it was only a practice for Buddhist monks, but once you practice it and research it there is actually a lot of science behind it that can benefit you. There was an experiment done by Professor Sara Lazar of Massachusetts General Hospital where she conducted a study on the effects of meditation. She took a group of 16 people who never meditated before and put them through a meditation program. Through analyzing the MRI images of 16 meditation-naïve participants before and after their 8-week mindfulness meditation course, the study concluded that meditation leads to a higher gray matter density, particularly in the left hippocampus and temporo-parietal junction in the brain. Furthermore, the hippocampus plays a crucial role in long-term memory consolidation, while the temporo-parietal junction is involved in understanding other people, thus providing the biological basis to why experienced meditators have demonstrated improved memory and empathy. This empathy creates more oxytocin which is a hormone shown to reduce stress which helps blood vessels relax and helps the heart regenerate. Meditation has also been shown to increase dopamine which is a pleasure-reward system. So there are many ways to meditate, but before you try them you want to concentrate on your breathing first and how to breathe properly. One basic way to meditate is to

  1. First find a quiet place, in the bathroom or in your car if need be
  2. Be in an upright position so you want fall asleep
  3. Close your eyes or keep them open depending on what you prefer
  4. Just simply breathe in and out with a clear mind
  5. If thoughts come through your mind don’t try to force them out, acknowledge them and let them pass
  6. If you want to you can have an object of concentration like a verse or mantra that you focus on and repeat that saying while breathing in and out
  7. Really simple and you can do this for just 5-20 minutes

Now meditation doesn’t replace the basic health necessities of life, but just as we work out our bodies to keep them in shape this can be another way to work out your mind and relieve some of the stress of the world.

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I recently discovered that meditation is a part of everyday life. The topic of meditation has come up several times in my English class. I have yet to try meditation, that is because I'm always so busy. But I can see how it would take away some of the stress from everyday life. The discussions in class have included insomnia, alcoholism and the stress of everyday life. My classmates have talked about the risks of alcoholism and how it can lead to insomnia and how meditation could help with it all. I found it extremely interesting that even though all of the presentations were done separately and we're not purposely connected, they all fell together. They brought up the risks of alcoholism in students and how it could ultimately cause the loss of a carrer. They talked about how both insomnia and alcohol in students were caused by stress. Many students have put their future on the line in because of the built up of stress in their life. Simple measures can be taken in order to relieve that stress.

I never thought that meditation could actually improve a person's life, instead I thought it was something someone had to believe in; in order to be able to feel that it actually worked. I now know that if I would have simply googled it, I could of used meditation to my own benifit. As a student myself, I can relate to the amount of stress that comes from juggling homework, tests and book reports. I too have spent many hours working on homework late into the night. It has caused a great amount of stress and has made the idea of procrastination sound far too sweet. I've procrastinated on many occasions and my grades have shown it. I'm now in the final few weeks of the semester and I'm struggling to catch up in my classes. School is extremely important to me and I strive to make myself a better life through my education. This semester has shown me so much, expecially that I can no longer just get by. I look forward to next year and I now know ways to help manage the stress that I'm faced with in everyday life. I'm going to attempt to try meditation sometime soon!

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I have recently started the act of meditation. It’s an extremely effective way to calm yourself down naturally and it’s very easy to do! Ever since Dr. Deborah Daiek and Dr. Michael Oliver’s presentation “The Science of Success” at the MDEC conference, I have learned that meditation calms you down and builds mindfulness.  Doing various breathing techniques daily can improve your lifestyle and make you a happier, more energetic person. In today’s world, people are so busy with work, school, and other life problems that they forget they’re living beings and need time to relax. I know that since I have started meditating, my so called “busy schedule” does not seem to be so busy anymore because I feel more relaxed and focused. I have also seen results in my schoolwork as well. Usually before an exam or quiz, I like to go through a few breathing techniques, which gets me relaxed and focused, losing any anxiety that I may of had. I really enjoyed this post, but I do hope some other people learn of it and try the act of meditation. Because once you start there’s no going back!

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It sounds to me that I need to learn to involve meditation in my life sooner than later. Just like every other student I too get wrapped up in all the homework assignments along with working a full time job to get by. I know that especially right now where the semester is basically over my stress tends to hurt my abilities to be as successful as I know that I can be. I over think everything which causes me more anxiety than needed, I think that a few simple breathing tricks before a test can really make all the difference. Being calm and relaxed before a test can give you a clearer image of what you need to do and help you answer questions correctly. Also I think that it can help anyone in todays society to just slow down for a little bit and take a second to relax our minds, imagine if everyone mediated on a regular basis things would be so much simpler and easier. I plan on googling a few same and simple steps that I can start doing before a test so and hopefully I can turn it into something bigger, like going to a weekly class or having a little area in my room that would be a space for me to start meditating.

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But then again, what would I know? As a student, I have had my fair share of streesful times, both school related and personal life related. I have heard such good things about meditation, I am quite perplexed by the fact that I have never really tried it. 

I am working towards becoming an occupational therapist, and mediatation is something I would very much like to recommend to patients for stress relieving techniques. However, first I need to try it, and you have sold me into doing just that. Your research into the topic provides ample justification for practicing mediation, and your steps are clear and concise. I'm going to practice meditation, and I hope others stumble over this post and realize that it might help them too. This is a great post, and it would be awesome if you started a whole stress relieving blog. It could go in exciting directions. 

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But then again, what would I know? As a student, I have had my fair share of streesful times, both school related and personal life related. I have heard such good things about meditation, I am quite perplexed by the fact that I have never really tried it. 

I am working towards becoming an occupational therapist, and mediatation is something I would very much like to recommend to patients for stress relieving techniques. However, first I need to try it, and you have sold me into doing just that. Your research into the topic provides ample justification for practicing mediation, and your steps are clear and concise. I'm going to practice meditation, and I hope others stumble over this post and realize that it might help them too. This is a great post, and it would be awesome if you started a whole stress relieving blog. It could go in exciting directions. 

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But then again, what would I know? As a student, I have had my fair share of streesful times, both school related and personal life related. I have heard such good things about meditation, I am quite perplexed by the fact that I have never really tried it. 

I am working towards becoming an occupational therapist, and mediatation is something I would very much like to recommend to patients for stress relieving techniques. However, first I need to try it, and you have sold me into doing just that. Your research into the topic provides ample justification for practicing mediation, and your steps are clear and concise. I'm going to practice meditation, and I hope others stumble over this post and realize that it might help them too. This is a great post, and it would be awesome if you started a whole stress relieving blog. It could go in exciting directions. 

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But then again, what would I know? As a student, I have had my fair share of streesful times, both school related and personal life related. I have heard such good things about meditation, I am quite perplexed by the fact that I have never really tried it. 

I am working towards becoming an occupational therapist, and mediatation is something I would very much like to recommend to patients for stress relieving techniques. However, first I need to try it, and you have sold me into doing just that. Your research into the topic provides ample justification for practicing mediation, and your steps are clear and concise. I'm going to practice meditation, and I hope others stumble over this post and realize that it might help them too. This is a great post, and it would be awesome if you started a whole stress relieving blog. It could go in exciting directions. 

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But then again, what would I know? As a student, I have had my fair share of streesful times, both school related and personal life related. I have heard such good things about meditation, I am quite perplexed by the fact that I have never really tried it. 

I am working towards becoming an occupational therapist, and mediatation is something I would very much like to recommend to patients for stress relieving techniques. However, first I need to try it, and you have sold me into doing just that. Your research into the topic provides ample justification for practicing mediation, and your steps are clear and concise. I'm going to practice meditation, and I hope others stumble over this post and realize that it might help them too. This is a great post, and it would be awesome if you started a whole stress relieving blog. It could go in exciting directions. 

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But then again, what would I know? As a student, I have had my fair share of streesful times, both school related and personal life related. I have heard such good things about meditation, I am quite perplexed by the fact that I have never really tried it. 

I am working towards becoming an occupational therapist, and mediatation is something I would very much like to recommend to patients for stress relieving techniques. However, first I need to try it, and you have sold me into doing just that. Your research into the topic provides ample justification for practicing mediation, and your steps are clear and concise. I'm going to practice meditation, and I hope others stumble over this post and realize that it might help them too. This is a great post, and it would be awesome if you started a whole stress relieving blog. It could go in exciting directions. 

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But then again, what would I know? As a student, I have had my fair share of streesful times, both school related and personal life related. I have heard such good things about meditation, I am quite perplexed by the fact that I have never really tried it. 

I am working towards becoming an occupational therapist, and mediatation is something I would very much like to recommend to patients for stress relieving techniques. However, first I need to try it, and you have sold me into doing just that. Your research into the topic provides ample justification for practicing mediation, and your steps are clear and concise. I'm going to practice meditation, and I hope others stumble over this post and realize that it might help them too. This is a great post, and it would be awesome if you started a whole stress relieving blog. It could go in exciting directions. 

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