Eva Jeretin, MBSR teacher at Brown University, shares tips at IIT Kharagpur’s online fest Intellesta 21
Stress is mounting in more ways than one, especially for students juggling exams and pandemic-induced changes to study modules. For its virtual festival, Intellesta 21, IIT Kharagpur invited Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher Eva Jeretin for insights on how to deal with stress in these trying times.
“Mindfulness does not make stress go away but makes life with stress a little easier,” said Jeretin, an instructor at the Mindfulness Center, Brown University.
Jeretin has been practising mindfulness since 2011. She also offers trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices to communities and individuals affected by trauma.
In a Zoom webinar, Jeretin taught an MBSR programme and gave a few tips to students as well.
Here are the takeaways from her session:
-- Start with small steps to be a little more mindful every day.
-- Mindfulness meditation is practised by paying attention to your purpose of life and by living the moment without any judgement.
-- To practise mindfulness, you have to keep three steps in mind: Intention, Attention and Attitude. There should always be an intention to reduce stress. You have to be attentive enough not to get distracted by stress. Your attitude towards the exercise should be positive.
-- Try the three-minute breathing space exercise, where you have to breathe in and out slowly, closing your eyes for three minutes. The three steps for this are Recognise, Focus and Awareness. In the first minute, you recognise yourself and check in with your body. The second minute, you focus on the purpose of your practice and feel your entire body calming down. In the third minute, you make yourself completely aware of your feelings, of where you are and if you want to be there or not.
-- The benefits of stress reduction are that it increases one’s focus, joy and well-being. With reduced stress, one will get better sleep and one’s decision-making skills will improve.
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