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Pre-Med Mental Health #5: Mindfulness and Meditation Exercises

Mindfulness is “the capacity to be present”, and meditation is an excellent way to put it into practice since it involves a focus on breath, awareness, and controlling attention (Coleman, 2021). Before you meditate, there are a few things to keep in mind that can greatly improve your experience. Firstly, it is important to make sure that whether you are sitting or lying down, that you are in a comfortable position and that you have good posture. It is also necessary to remember that wandering thoughts and feelings of boredom or restlessness are a normal occurrence and no reason to be discouraged from meditating. In addition, breathwork is a powerful tool that can be used to regulate the nervous system, which is important for controlling stress and regulating emotions. Deep breathing has been shown to help improve immunity as well as decreasing both anxiety levels and cortisol release, among other benefits. In the next section, we will go over a few simple exercises that are designed to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your daily life.


Sources:

Coleman, M., Stahl, B., Feinberg, H. H., Whitney-Coulter, A., Naidoo, U., Smookler, E., Staff, M., & Kira M. Newman and Janet Ho. (2021, October 21). Mindfulness: An innate, trainable quality of mind. Mindful. Retrieved May 18, 2022, from https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-innate-trainable-quality-mind/


Written By: Mariam Trichas

Edited By: Dhwani Bharvad

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