If you are in college meditating might be the last thing you would think to think about, let alone do. In between classes, social life, working out and going out, you have a lot on your plate already.
I am here to show you why adding meditation to your daily routine will be the best thing you do during your college career because it will improve everything from your memory to your relationships and even your happiness.
With very busy schedules in college and constantly wanting to be busy doing something with your friends, it is easy to lose yourself and what your values are. Meditation helps with that as it grounds you, organizes your thoughts and keeps you focused.
Don't discount this right away thinking you don't have all of this time to start meditating, it can be done in as little as 10-20 minutes a day and you can even do it right when you wake up and/ or right before you go to bed so that you don't have to stop what you are doing during the day.
How does that sound? College is all about personal growth and you can't do that when you are constantly around the ideas of other people, take at least a few minutes each day to organize your thoughts and set your personal values straight.
The Importance of Meditation
For the mind, brain, sleep and happiness.
There are a few main areas that meditation can help in as I have seen which include your sleep, your brain function, your relationships and your personal mindset.
Starting with your sleep, if you meditate before you go to bed every night you are going to clear your mind and organize your thoughts in a way that will help you get rid of all of the stress from the day that comes with going to college. You are not able to reach a deep sleep when you are stressed and this makes you tired the next day even if you sleep for 8 hours, instead when you start consistently meditating before bed, you will slowly increase the amount of deep sleep that you get meaning you will have better sleep in less time.
Next, in terms of brain function, you will start to see more clear ideas and more organized thoughts which means that you will be able to problem solve better and solve the solutions. Also, you will start to reduce "brain fog" which happens when your brain just isn't performing at optimal function and you really don't even realize you have this until you start to clear it up and you see what you have been missing.
That all makes sense but how is this going to help your relationships though?
Easy, as I mentioned above meditating in college will help ground you in a world where you are surrounded with people 24/7 and constantly feeding off of their ideas. When you start meditating and realizing what your own values are you can start to display those in your every day life, attracting more like minded people and potential partners if that is what you are looking for.
Finally, you can start to notice an improvement in your overall mindset and mood as you will bring about these values that I talked about above which will bring new meaning and confidence into your life. Everyone needs a little confidence to carry themselves.
When you focus on clearing your mind and getting rid of that stress that comes with the day to day grind of college, you start to feel more happy as well as you are living more in the moment and taking all of these unneeded weights off of your shoulders.
Misconceptions Around Meditating
No, it's not just for old monks.
When a lot of people hear the word meditation they think about some old guy sitting on a mountain with his legs crossed going "Ummmmmmmmmmm, Ummmmmmmmmmmmm."
While meditating outside is definitely the best place to do so, nothing else about this picture is true really. Sure, maybe back in the day the only people meditating were monks and older people, but now it is actually a very common practice across most fields of work, especially for the top CEO's around the world.
For obvious reasons too, as I stated above, what CEO doesn't need to get rid of stress or maximize their sleep? I can't name a single one.
Another common misconception is that you have to spend days or even an hour meditating and that just doesn't fit into a lot of people's schedule. While there is retreats for meditations, us college kids don't have extra money for that or the time, instead meditation can be done in as little as 10 minutes per day or as long as you need to.
If you search for guided meditations on YouTube, they come up with meditations as short as 3 minutes to some as long as a few hours.
Finally, the last misconception is that right when you finish meditating the first time you will start to see results, while that may be true for some people, most likely it is going to take a week or two of consistent meditation before you start to see a new state of mind.
How Meditating Will Help You in College
Increase happiness, problem solving ability, sleep and much more.
College comes with a lot of social pressures, everything from going out to parties to trying to fit in and even trying to find a potential relationship.
Combine that with a large amount of homework and pressure to do good in school and outside of school and you find yourself under a large amount of stress each day. When you are stressed you sleep worse, you perform worse on tests and you are more irritable.
How about you try meditating to get rid of that stress, start the day off more happy and positive and not thinking about problems that stress you out right away in the morning.
When you start to de-stress and organize your thoughts through meditation you are also going to start to be able to work through problems better so you won't be thinking about a million other things as you are trying to solve the problem. This can lead to improved test scores and ability to comprehend information in class, something we all need improving in.
Finally, probably the most important thing is that meditation can increase the amount of happiness in your day to day life throughout college. Surprisingly, a ton of college kids are not happy, due to social and academic pressures, and are just going through the motions of their day, a lot of people actually fall into depression in college as it is really the first time you are alone and out in the world. (I write more about this here, in "The College Happiness Epidemic" >>)
Why would you not want to be more happy during the day? This will also translate to better results inside the classroom and outside the classroom, because more people will enjoy being around you if you are happy.
How You Can Start Meditating Today
It's as simple as 10 minutes per day, I think you can find that much time.
It is not as had as you might think it is to start meditating, it just takes some dedication because like anything you start for the first time, you are going to be uncomfortable and not the best at it.
When you first start to meditate you are likely going to see your mind wander a lot and it will be hard for you to stay focused, this happens to everyone so just stick to the habit if you ant to see results.
Here is how you can get started:
Thanks for stopping by the blog, I would love to share some more habits with you that I have found work amazing in college as there are so many that can help you do anything from study less and remember more to find more happiness in your day to day. Click here if you are interested in those habits >>
Otherwise thanks and I look forward to seeing you back tomorrow,
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