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Peace of Mind November 16, 2010

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Spirit of Meditation

It’s almost the end of November and there are only a couple weeks of class left. Maybe you only have a few more hours to cram for your evening midterm, or maybe there’s a few hours left to write your paper before it’s due the next morning. You are personified stress, wishing there was a way to calm yourself down.

You may be feeling stressed because of the overwhelming amount of things to do. You may be frustrated that there’s not enough time in the day to do it all. Frantic thoughts and worry have disrupted your life’s balance and shaken up your inner peace. One way to restore balance and inner peace is through meditation.

Meditation is a good way to focus your mind and calm you down. Stress is the product of lacking time to sit and let your mind rest, and meditation is one way to reduce stress by allowing you to put your mind at ease by focusing on inner processes.

The Multi-Faith Centre at the St. George campus offers meditation workshops which run from Monday to Thursday throughout the school year.

The Psychology Club at UTM has meditation workshops running until the end of this month.

The Health and Wellness Centre at UTSC holds weekly mental health Q&A sessions and can provide tips on reducing stress.

Another way to de-stress is to set some time aside each day to do something you enjoy. Try putting away an hour of your time to listen to music, catch up on MTV’s latest reality drama, hang out with friends, read a good book or get involved with Literary Arts at Hart House.

U of T’s student health service suggests other ways to deal with stress on their website.

Remember, you are not alone in dealing with stress. There are other resources to turn to if you’re feeling overwhelmed and need further support in handling stress. You can visit the Academic Success Centre for tips on how to manage your time and the Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to deal with outside stressors.

* Photo by Flickr user h.koppdelaney, published under a creative commons licence.



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