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While there are some differences between mindfulness and mediation there is very good evidence that both practices are useful in maintaining good mental health. Most importantly, do some research and find a practice that you are comfortable with so that you continue to use the practice which best suits you. Then, be patient and consistent with your routine – feeling the benefits may take some time.
There are many types of Mindfulness and Meditation.
Mindfulness is learning to train your attention to the present moment without dwelling on what has happened in the past or worrying about what might happen in the future. Mindfulness provides many physical and psychological benefits. Mindfulness can be developed over time with practice.
A good explanation of the differences between meditation and mindfulness can be found here.
Mindfulness is learning how to be fully present and engaged in the present moment, becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment. Try this simple ‘leaves on a stream’ mindfulness exercise.
In any meditation or mindfulness practice you will find yourself distracted by thoughts about things which may be worrying you. It is natural that your mind will wander but part of the meditation / mindfulness practice is being aware of when this happens and being able to gently redirect your mind back to your mindfulness or meditation practice.
Studying your chosen course can be a very busy time and sometimes looking after your mental wellbeing doesn’t take priority. Any good routine should include time to do the things which you find enjoyable and relaxing.
Meditation comes in many forms. Some examples of meditation are:
Try a quick and easy mantra meditation - So hum meditation
Procrastination means: ‘to put off till tomorrow’. Procrastination can be characterised as a breakdown in our ability to regulate and organise our thoughts and efforts to achieve an important outcome for ourselves within reasonable time.
Procrastination often occurs when we perceive negativity or unpleasantness in aspects of an upcoming priority. Typically, we substitute a less important activity for the more important one. This pattern of delaying and postponing things can over time make us feel anxious and stressed.
What you think, will directly affect how you feel, which will directly affect what you do. Understanding between your thoughts, feelings and actions are important to overcoming procrastination.
You do have control over what you think, however it is important to acknowledge that it can be hard to ‘just change your thoughts’. Sometimes certain thoughts have been around for so long that you can feel like you have no control over them. Take time analyse your thoughts – write them down – sometimes people can get caught up in ‘thinking traps’ that affect how they view a situation. Here are some tips to examine the evidence of your thought and find a more ‘balanced’ view of the situation:
People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.
Eynesbury ensures students who elect to study in Adelaide take full advantage of the opportunities that the city has to offer. Our focus is to provide all students assistance with the transition into Adelaide and provide greater integration with all local and international students.
Eynesbury arranges a broad range of activities for students both on and off campus to help them connect. Our BBQ's and bushwalking activities are popular as they provide students with the opportunities to relax and meet others.
Study Adelaide organises many sporting and social activities for international students in Adelaide. Popular activities include; The Lord Mayor's Welcome Party for International Students, Dundee's Wildlife Park, Twenty20 Cricket and BBQ Lunch, Day Tours, Learn to Surf and free tickets to soccer and Australian Rules Football games.
Stress is part of everyday life, everyone experiences stressful times in their life. Stressful situations for international students may include meeting high academic demands, being in a new environment, living away from home for the first time, sitting exams, managing finances, finding a study/life balance.
Positive management of stress results in positive emotions such as enjoyment, satisfaction, enthusiasm and excitement.
Finding ways to increase coping resources will help students decrease the stressors that life will throw your way. Here are some practical tips:
Useful mobile apps: