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Why Students At Elite Colleges Are Turning To Meditation

Many students are experiencing increased pressure within their university life. Meditation and yoga work fabulously at relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

"Wellness programs are becoming increasingly important as students today face an overwhelming amount of pressure and stress at school. And that takes a toll on mental health. Nearly one in 10 college students report experiencing symptoms of depression, according to 2014 research from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Alarming mental health statistics are why Kishor Nayar, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, started MIT’s Art of Living club while pursuing his master’s degree . Citing concern over mental health issues and pointing to the stress and isolation he observed on campus, Nayar believes that meditation should..."

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There's A Surprisingly Simple Way Meditation Appears To Change The Brain

There are many ways we can improve our focus and reduce stress, and meditation is one of the ways this can be achieved. 

"For decades, researchers have suggested that this simple practice — known as mindfulness meditation — can have health benefits that range from banal to life-changing. Some occasional meditators report being a little less stressed every once in a while, for example..."

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Meditation Trains Brain

There are so many benefits that a person practicing mindful meditation can enjoy. 

"Everyone gets stressed, and we all deal with our stress in different ways — meditation, exercise, or eating chocolate, to name a few examples. But new research out of Carnegie Mellon’s psychology department shows that mindfulness meditation, a state of focusing on the present and interacting nonjudgementally with thoughts, may..."

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Can’t Get into Yoga or Meditation? Try Knitting Instead

Just like yoga and meditation, a hobby like knitting will decrease the stress you may be experiencing in your busy and active life. You may even be able to sell on your knitting pieces! 

"Dr. Herbert Benson, a mind-body medicine pioneer and author of The Relaxation Response, says that the repetitive movement of needlework can encourage a relaxed mind/body state just like you get from meditation and yoga. It can even lower..."

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14 Celebs Who Meditate

Successful celebrities with a busy schedule do still dedicate time to meditation due to its wellbeing benefits.. Nicole Kidman...Oprah... Ellen DeGeneres... And many more! 

"Why Meditate?
According to Deepak Chopra “For thousands of years people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts and emotional upsetsinto the peace and clarity of present moment awareness..."

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How One Plus-Size Woman Is Changing the Way We See Yoga

She knows she doesn’t have the stereotypical “yoga body,” and she owns it. Instead of telling followers to ask themselves how they look doing yoga, Jessamyn focuses on the internal effects of the exercise — how her students feel. A yoga teacher herself, Jessamyn is larger than many of her students, and told The Cut that she encourages women who have misconceptions about curvier yoga instructors to take her class. 

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Mix meditation, yoga and NHS services and get … wellbeing

Akeen Ali, director of public health at Northamptonshire county council is part of the core team launching Northamptonshire’s Wellbeing Company, a new community interest company (CIC) created by the trust, Northamptonshire county council and Northamptonshire University.  It is the first countywide prevention service, focused on keeping people well rather than treating them only after illness occurs. WOW and YES to this!!!! 

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5 ways to keep your memory sharp : Harvard Article

5 ways to keep your memory sharp

The way you live, what you eat and drink, and how you treat your body affect your memory as well as your physical health and wellbeing. Here are five things you can do every day to keep mind and body sharp.

Manage your stress. The constant drumbeat of daily stresses such as deadline pressures or petty arguments can certainly distract you and affect your ability to focus and recall. But the bigger problem is an ongoing sense of extreme anxiety—that can lead to memory impairment. If you don’t have a strategy in place for managing your stress, protecting your memory is one reason to get one. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and a “mindful” approach to living can all help.

 

Get a good night’s sleep. People who don’t sleep well at night tend to be more forgetful than people who sleep soundly. A good night’s sleep is essential for consolidating memories. The most common reason for poor sleep is insomnia—difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Unfortunately, many medicines used to treat insomnia can also impair memory and general brain function. That’s why it’s best to try improving your sleep habits first and turn to medication only if those steps don’t help. If you do need sleep aids, use the lowest dose for the shortest time needed to get your sleep back on track.

If you smoke, quit. Easier said than done, certainly, but if you need additional motivation, know that smokers have a greater degree of age-related memory loss and other memory problems than nonsmokers. People who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes a day at midlife have more than double the risk of developing dementia in old age compared with nonsmokers. However, those who stop smoking by midlife and those who smoke less than half a pack a day have a similar a risk of dementia as people who have never smoked.

If you drink alcohol, do so moderately. Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk for memory loss and dementia. People with alcoholism have difficulty performing short-term memory tasks, such as memorizing lists. Another type of memory loss associated with alcohol use is called Korsakoff’s syndrome. In this condition, long-term vitamin B1 deficiency combined with the toxic effects of alcohol on the brain can trigger sudden and dramatic amnesia. In some cases this memory loss is permanent, but if caught early, can be reversed to some degree.

Protect your brain from injury. Head trauma is a major cause of memory loss and increases the risk of developing dementia. Always use the appropriate gear during high-speed activities and contact sports. Wear seat belts when riding in motor vehicles. Car accidents are by far the most common cause of brain injury, and wearing seat belts greatly reduces the chances of severe head injury. Wear a helmet when bicycling, riding on a motorcycle, in-line skating, and skiing.

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