With schools slowly starting over, digital life has become something students dread the most. Not a single day goes by when they are not using their screens. With little chance to go out, most of them are going through a phase where they simply don’t feel like doing anything at all. In such times, studying can get even more stressful for them. If you can relate to this, we have a very easy technique to share with you, that can help you get back on track with your studies. This technique is known as mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness? How can it help you focus while studying?
Mindfulness is about paying attention and being conscious in the present moment. It means to carefully notice what you are currently experiencing. Through deliberate practice of mindfulness, you will be able to:
1. Maintain emotional balance
2. Stay calm
There are multiple ways in which you can practice mindfulness. In this article, we want to share 3 easy to follow tips that you can use in your daily routine.
Tip 1: Mindful breathing
One of the ways you can practise mindfulness is through mindful breathing. When you sit down to study, spend a few minutes to become aware of the things around you. Take a few breaths, and focus on the air moving in and out of your body. When you start to study, set a timer for about 30 minutes. Each time you find yourself distracted, pause and take a few deep breaths. Then go back to studying again.
Tip 2: Body Scan
A relatively easy way to pay attention to the 'here and now' is to tune in and be aware of your physical senses. You can do this by first sitting in a comfortable posture, then close your eyes and feel the senses throughout your body. A lot of times we pay attention to the parts of our body only when we are uncomfortable. It is time we start paying attention to them even when they are functioning normally. Take your attention gradually from your head to your toes, part by part. It will naturally elevate your sense of calmness.
Tip 3: Walking meditation
Another type of easy-to-follow technique is walking meditation. You can do this by taking a short walk in a quiet environment. Take small steps that make it feel natural rather than an exercise. Try to find a place that has minimal noise pollution and is closer to nature. As you walk, try to focus your attention on one or more sensations that you would normally take for granted. It can be as simple as focussing on your breath or the movement of your arms and legs. If your mind wanders, quickly try to bring your attention to the present activity.
The key to achieving the results from mindfulness is consistency. Like playing the piano, if you practice every day, you will get great rewards. Distractions are inevitable, so don’t get frustrated and don’t give up. With some consistent practice, you will surely achieve greater focus and be able to do any task at hand with the highest efficiency. If you are able to implement these tips in your daily study routine, do let us know about your experiences in the comments below.