Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness is a modern practice with roots in a number of ancient contemplative traditions, in particular meditation. To be mindful is to be intentionally aware of the present moment, allowing whatever arises to come and go without judgement.

When we consciously bring our awareness to our present moment experience without judgement we learn to intimately connect with the richness of our daily life, loosen destructive thought patterns and increase our levels of personal wellbeing.

Research has shown that mindfulness is an effective technique to assist in stress reduction. It can also increase self-awareness, enhance general psychological health, increase concentration and decrease levels of depression and anxiety.

How to clear your head

Try this simple mindfulness exercise to clear your head and regain focus:

  • Take ten slow, deep breaths
  • Completely empty your lungs and allow them to refill by themselves
  • Notice the sensations of your lungs emptying
  • Notice your rib cage rising and falling
  • Notice them refilling
  • Notice the gentle rise and fall of your shoulders
  • After the ten breaths look around the room and notice what you see.
  • What do you hear ... smell … feel? Try to maintain this focus as you continue with your day.

Watch this short video (7:39) to hear students explain how mindfulness has helped them: 


Mindfulness Workshops on Campus

UniSA Counsellors offer a range of on campus workshops designed to help you develop skills to help you meet the demands of studying at University and maintain good health.

Bookings for all workshops are essential as spaces are limited. If you cannot attend, please cancel your booking to make space for someone else. Here's what's coming up:

Three-Week Mindfulness Challenge: City West

Calm your thoughts, clear your head, and improve your wellbeing.

This three-part workshop series faciliated by UniSA Counselling Service in partnership with Bupa will cover the principles and practice of mindfullness.

Learn how to:

  • reduce your study stress and the pressures of daily life,
  • improve your focus and concentration, and
  • feel happier and more in control.

We will focus on skills to improve your academic performance, cope with assignments/exams, and make study life more enjoyable. Each session explores simple exercises and techniques you can practice immediately to strengthen your sense of wellbeing.

WHEN: 13, 20 & 27 August | 12.00 pm – 1.15 pm
WHERE: City West campus | Room BH4-22

Attending all three sessions is required, in order to progressively build your skills and practice of mindfulness. Make a commitment to yourself!

For any more information, contact Theresa at theresa.heim@unisa.edu.au.

Register Now

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