Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
College students are often the epitome of a stressful lifestyle. Many students are balancing multiple things on their plates, including school, academics, and homework, work, and a social life. Pulling all-nighters, rushing from one event to another, and staying on the go are not uncommon for the average college student trying to stay above the water. Such a schedule and lifestyle can prove to be overwhelming and stressful, eventually catching up with the college student trying to stay one step ahead of the chaos.
Coping with Stress
Developing a healthy coping mechanism for dealing with stress and anxiety is an important skill to learn, especially for college students. There are many different approaches to being able to relax, and it is about finding what works for each individual. One such technique that has helped people be able to relax naturally is through the practice of yoga and meditation.
While there are many misconceptions about yoga and meditation, these techniques are ancient practices that have stood the test of time. Yoga and meditation involve simple and effective techniques that work to unite the mind and body. By integrating movement, breathing techniques, meditation, and mindfulness, individuals who practice yoga can experience many lifestyle changes, including reduced stress and anxiety.
Anyone Can Do It!
Any person, regardless of their background or experience, can practice yoga and meditation. Even if you have never tried yoga or meditation before, you can easily participate in a beginner class that introduces you to the practice of yoga. There are many different forms of yoga, and starting out with an introductory class can help you have a successful transition into this form of exercise.
If you are interested in participating in a yoga class but are not sure where to find one, start by looking on your college campus. Many campuses offer free or reduced-priced yoga classes for students through the wellness center as a means of stress relief and anxiety reduction. If you can’t find a class on your campus, consider searching in your neighboring community. Life as a college student can be busy and stressful, and finding ways to naturally relax, such as through the practice of yoga/meditation, can be helpful to managing this stress.
Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!
Have you practiced yoga or meditation as a means of natural relaxation? How has this helped you better focus on your daily schedule, improve focus, or helped you better deal with stress or anxiety?
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on August 20, 2015. Published on AddictionHope.com