I am so happy I took this class when I did! As a college student who suffers from anxiety, this class has presented me with so many resources and tips I hadn’t thought of. Learning about mindfulness has made all the difference in decreasing my anxiety. I now incorporate it into my everyday routine by meditating, going to yoga classes, and stopping to collect my thoughts. I have also learned just how important it is to practice it while I am studying for classes. After reading an assigned article, Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An Integrative Review, I learned that our minds wander half of our waking hours (Killingsworth & Gilbert, 2010 p. 6). Mindfulness can help us stabilize our thoughts, attention, and efficiency. If I am ever stressing out over an assignment or am having difficulties staying focused, I practice mindfulness to regain that focus I need. This is definitely a strategy I will continue to use throughout future semesters and eventually my career.
My favorite weekly assignment this semester was the three good things assignment. I didn’t realize how much I focused on the negative in my life until I completed this exercise. I take for granted the great things I have in my life. Now that I have acknowledged that, I tend to see the good throughout my day and I remind myself that I am blessed. Completing this exercise also made me want to put some good into the world and brighten other peoples day. I want to be the person who does things that people would put on their three good things list if they had to make one. This is also where positive psychology comes in. Positive thoughts turn into positive life events. If one can focus on more of the positives each day, happiness, positivity, and ones overall well-being can improve!
Along with having a positive outlook, it is important to eat, move, and sleep! It is amazing how much better we can feel when we focus on the health of our bodies. I have fallen into patterns of eating too much, not exercising, and not sleeping enough when I am stressed. I am a college student, so that means I am pretty much stressed all of the time. This assignment made me look at my habits and question them. It made me focus on what my body was telling me. I was extremely fatigued because I wasn’t provided my body what it needed in order to function properly. In an assigned article, the authors pointed out that a lack of sleep, nutrition, exercise, could all lead to poorer academic performance (Trockel et al. 200 p. 126). This is interesting because the more I would stress, the less I would take care of my body, which would result in more fatigue that may result in poor performance. It is a vicious cycle that I have luckily targeted and have been actively trying to improve upon.
I plan to share what I have learned in class to the public through continuing my social media posts. I will also continue to talk to my friends and family about what I have learned. There have been several times where my friends have been stressed out and I mention a few tips including calm.com. I think this information is important to share, especially with college students! I will continue to inform my peers and keep practicing what I have learned myself.
I chose this post because mindfulness has been the biggest eye-opener for me in this course. It has taken time, but i have learned that it is important to not worry about tomorrow, or to stress about what happened yesterday, but to focus on how you can make today great.
Trockel, M. T., Barnes, M. D., & Egget, D. L. (2000). Health-Related Variables and Academic Performance Among First-Year College Students: Implications for Sleep and Other Behaviors. Journal Of American College Health, 49(3), 125.
Killingsworth, M. A., & Gilbert, D. T. 2010. A wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Science, 330: 932.