People are feeling a lot of pressure right now, with Thanksgiving fast approaching and final exams and winter break following close behind. If you’re like us, you might be looking for suggestions for reducing stress and finding a few moments of peace and quiet during this busy time.
Fortunately, we don’t have to look too far. If you’re working or studying in MacPhaidin Library, keep your eye out for flyers provided by the college’s Counseling Services office. Those flyers, which have been distributed in study rooms and placed on study tables and carrels, offer a variety of brief meditation and stress relief options.
You can try a short session of Chair Yoga, touted for helping better concentration, relieve stress, improve posture, and promote more restful sleep. Or you could opt for a brief visualization titled “Leaves on a Stream,” or a guided meditation titled, “Six Minute Study Break”. Benefits from meditation are reported to possibly include reduced stress, decreased anxiety, improved mood and outlook, and increased focus.
Each of the meditation flyers includes a QR code. Scan it with your phone, and you’ll be able to access the stress relief exercise and enjoy a few minutes of centering or relaxation.
And, if you want to learn more about mindfulness, meditation or yoga, search for those terms in HillSearch, our library catalog. We have a variety of print and electronic books on those topics, as well as a wide array of streaming media selections. Some options to consider include: Full Catastrophe Living : Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness By Jon Kabat-Zinn, Meditation Now: Inner Peace through Inner Wisdom (eBook) by S.N. Goenka; and The Blooming of a Lotus : Guided Meditation for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness (eBook) by Thich Nhat Hanh.
And remember, the Counseling Services office is available for you whenever you need help. Call 508-565-1331, Option 1 to schedule an appointment. Need urgent support? Reach a clinician all-day, any day of the week by using our 24/7 Crisis Line at 508-565-1331, Option 2.