Mindful meditation may be one way to help students successfully move to college life

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Mindful meditation may be one way to help students successfully move to college life, say researchers

Washington: Have you just finished school and preparing for college? Mindful meditation may help you better deal with the transition, claims a new study.

Mindful meditation may be one way to help students successfully move to college life, according to Penn State researchers.

The first semester of college is a time of great transition for many students; they often are living away from home for the first time, have a much more fluid schedule than in high school and are potentially surrounded by a new peer group. For all of these reasons and more, this can be an incredibly stressful time in a student’s life.

To help ease this transition, researchers offered an eight-session mindful meditation program to first-year students at Penn State, according to lead author Kamila Dvorakova. In mindful meditation, practitioners learn how to develop an accepting, non-judgmental and kind attitude towards current thoughts and feelings.

At the end of the eight sessions, the intervention was associated with significant increases in the students’ life satisfaction, as well as a significant decrease in depression and anxiety, when compared to students who did not participate in the training. There was also an overall drop in alcohol use between the students who took part in the mindful meditation program and the control group.

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