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Participating in mindfulness practices may result in positive benefits to academic and personal well-being.
Sources: Bamber, M.D. & Schneider, J.K. (2016). Mindfulness-based meditation to decrease stress and anxiety in college students: A narrative synthesis of the research. Educational Research Review 18:1-32.
Mrazek, M.D., Franklin, M.D., Phillips, D.T, Baird, B., & Schooler, J.W. (2013). Mindfulness training improves working memory capacity and GRE performance while reducing mind wandering. Psychological Science 24(5) 776-781.
Mindfulness is the act of purposefully paying attention to what is going on now, in the present moment, with openness and willingness to fully experience of this moment.
(adapted from Jon Kabat-Zin and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center)
Mindfulness practices are:
Being mindful means:
Why mindfulness matters:
Simple mindfulness practices include:
S.T.O.P. to practice mindfulness
Stop - Pause for a moment. Slow down.
Take a breath - Take a slow breath to help you calm down and become aware.
Observe - Pay attention to what is happening in the present moment. Notice what you feel and what is happening in your body.
Proceed - Continue with what you were doing.
Take a class for credit
SWU250 Stress Management Tools 1 offers students the opportunity to understand how stress impacts quality of life by exploring nutrition, exercise, passion, vision, relationships and environment while developing strategies to manage stress through mindfulness.
SWU349 Stress Management Tools 2 offers students the opportunity to identify personal strategies in managing stress while deepening their mindfulness practice. Students explore the impact of instinct, happiness, physiology of the nervous system, gratitude, mindful relationships, mindful eating and sustainable living.
SWG579 Critical Incident Stress Management explores the impact of trauma and vicarious trauma while regaining homeostasis through mindfulness and quality of life.