You wake up late and it’s 10 minutes before class starts! … The final exam is next week and you still don’t understand some of the material! … Someone tells you that they saw your boyfriend cheating with one of your friends! … You are the resident assistant and someone has broken every rule on the floor and in the dorm and YOU are responsible because you are in charge!
Stress-buster, Energy-booster # 1 is BREATHE!!!
Yes, breathing is an automatic body function that we don’t even think about. But when most of us are stressed, we hold our breath without realizing it – and our very act of unconsciously holding our breath adds even more to our stress level.
Every day college life – cramming for exams, writing term papers in the double digit numbers, campus activities, social activities and maybe even a job – can quickly become a recipe for overload. Learning top be mindful of your breath – especially when you’re stressed – will strengthen your immune system, calm your nerves, help you think more clearly, and boost your energy. Your breath is not only air for your survival; it provides a calming energy for your entire body.
During both calm and stressful times, when you focus on your breath, you regain control over your life by not allowing “the stressful stuff” to ruin the rest of the day or week for you. You may not be able to change some of your outer experiences on campus, but you certainly have the choice to manage your “inner” ones.
During calm times when relaxing in your dorm, just before class to get your self centered or just before you start studying – practice mindful breathing. By practicing regularly, you’ll receive all the health and stress-relieving benefits. You’ll also be able to handle the stressful moments better.
During the stressful moments – after the bad news about the boyfriend, or just after you find out about the disruptive dorm resident – remember not to hold your breath and slide back into your practice to regain calmness and focus before you respond.
I’ve recorded the quick 2-minute audio below to help you get started with your mindful breathing, stress-relieving practice while you’re in college. It’ll serve you for a lifetime.
FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD:
Introduction to Mindful Breathing by Felicia Harlow
Stop and do mindful breathing any time to relieve the stress and pressures of college.
You can listen to this FREE audio here (1:58)…
Make the decision to start boosting your energy today, the natural way!
Take Care of Yourself,
“Living a Growth in Motion™ Lifestyle”
Felicia Harlow, the Heart Ecologist, Life Coach, & College Speaker, teaches women and students how to empower themselves through self care, heart awareness, and self direction. She encourages students to embrace her 4 step Growth in Motion Process™, starting with the Growth in Motion Oath™ and applying it by living a Growth in Motion lifestyle! Felicia is available to speak at campus events year round to help BRING BALANCE TO YOUR STUDENTS LIVES.