University Student Final Exam Stress Buster
by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Posted: December 2, 2013 | Last Updated: December 2, 2013
Many university students from around the world are soon starting final exams.
This can be some of the most stressful times a young student has encountered throughout their life. Recently, I came across a great, and relatively simple stress busting activity. I recount the activity below.
1. Pause what you are doing for a moment and take one or two deep breaths to help bring you into the present moment.
2. Look around you, and silently name three things that you see in your immediate vicinity
2. Now opening to the sounds around you , silently note and name three things that you can hear right now
3. Bringing your attention to your body, silently name three sensations that you can feel in this moment ( maybe warmth, tingling, contraction, coolness….. .)
4. Bringing your attention to smell and taste , what do you notice in your immediate awareness when you bring your attention to these senses- lightly name what you experience.
5. Take one or two breaths to finish this mindfulness exercise.
This has been adopted from Mindfulness for Students.
The reason I really like this activity, is how easily it can be applied to other life events and scenarios.
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Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog