Mindfulness: Keep your mind in mind

By J1 Reporter Delaney Stekr

Ask a high school student how they are doing during the second semester of a school year and if they answer honestly, the word “stressed” will definitely be a part of their answer.

Let’s face it, everyone has stressors in their lives, and going to a college preparatory high school definitely does not decrease those. Every class is challenging, and when you end up having five exams on one day, “stressed” is only the beginning.

While it is important to push yourself and try to do the best you can, it is also important to know when too much is too much when to take some “me time” if you will. On March 29, the freshmen and sophomores attended a presentation on being mindful in their everyday lives.

“After the presentation, I have been trying to be more aware of my surrounding and spending less time using technology,” sophomore Elisabeth Hailu said.

The event was organized by the counselors, headed by Mrs. Joanne Fisher. “Mindfulness is a research-based method that has shown to reduce test anxiety, self-doubt, and symptoms of depression.

 It also has shown to increase actual neuron connections in our brains, if practiced, that are associated with improved memory, empathy, a longer attention span, improved concentration and a better sense of self,” Fisher said.

In every aspect of life, students can find more ways to be more aware of your health and well being.

Being able to deal with stressors is essential to being successful, no matter what they want to be.

Some sweet tips and tricks that were given to the students in the introductory session involving technology include taking a deep breath before checking emails and leaving your phone at home when taking a walk to try clear your mind.

Another tip involved picking a certain event that happens every day, like brushing your teeth, and using the action as a reminder to be aware daily of your mental well-being.

The most basic thing that you can do to be mindful is to take three deep breaths and focusing on how your body feels while inhaling and exhaling.

“Mrs. Sullivan asked that the Student Services department introduce this [mindfulness] to both freshmen and sophomores, and eventually all four classes.  With so much digital input in our lives,  I think all of us can benefit from practicing this ‘putting our brain on pause’ and help with the regulation of our emotions,” Mrs. Fisher said. If you are feeling stressed, understand that your main priority should be on your health, whether it is physical or mental.  

 

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