Becoming a Mindful Student
Health Promotion and Prevention understands that stress is a major factor in many students lives.
Tufts Health Promotion and Prevention is starting a new mindfulness initiative to help reduce the stress in students’ lives.
The initiative was organized in partnership with Counseling and Mental Health Services, the University Chaplaincy, the Office of Residential Life and Learning and Cambridge Health Alliance. Read the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Ian Wong's interview with The Tufts Daily on campus efforts to lower students' stress.
Our partners on this issue include:
- Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services
- Tufts University Chaplaincy
- Tufts Office of Residential Life and Learning
- Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness & Compassion
- Dr. Christopher Willard, PsyD
What is Mindfulness?
Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmental.” It can be contrasted with the way we tend to live our lives, which is a state of mindLESSness - "zoning out," frantically thinking about the future, and reliving the past instead of paying attention to where we are right now. Mindfulness practices date back to times before the common era, often found in religious practices, such as yoga in Hinduism, tai chi in Daoism, and breathing meditation in Buddhism. Today, mindfulness practices are used in a variety of contexts from clinical psychology to everyday practice. Some benefits of practicing mindfulness include decreased stress and anxiety, increased productivity, and increased focus.
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