Meditation for students; tackling anxiety, procrastination and motivation

Meditation for students; tackling anxiety, procrastination and motivation
Meditation can offer great benefits to students, helping to tackle anxiety, procrastination and poor motivation

Whilst meditation and mindfulness are often presented as solutions to a wide range of challenges faced by students, there is a shortage of reliable data setting out how meditation can be used by participants in higher education, the methods that should be practised and the psychological constructs that may be influenced. We provide details of Meditation for Students (MedfS)  below but follow this link if you are looking specifically for Mindfulness for Students (MindfS). If you want to know more about meditation generally, check out the meditation Q&A page.

There is a shortage of research investigating how meditation might benefit students in further education (FE) and higher education (HE). This reflects some of the limitations in meditation research generally but also a poor understanding of how the challenges of education are linked to anxiety, stress, procrastination and motivation. Ideally, meditation would offer a panacea, a simple and flexible intervention that could support a wide range of students facing different challenges. Unfortunately, the idea that one simplified form of meditation can solve a wide range of wellbeing challenges, in the general population, is an unscientific view and not currently supported by the available data.

Alternatively, by approaching the subject of student wellbeing from a traditional cognitive perspective a clear meditation strategy does emerge. Peer-reviewed research has identified several constructs that are linked to anxiety, low motivation and procrastination in students. There is a shortage of robust replication of evidence, but we do have clear ideas about why problems such as procrastination, weak motivation and anxiety develop. A practical and theoretical understanding of meditation offers two approaches to support students struggling with their studies. Firstly a general nondual mindful practice (MindfS) that creates a sense of balance and calmness likely to improve an overall sense of wellbeing. Or Meditation for Students (MedfS) a system designed to directly address the problems the students are facing.

We offer training to individuals and groups in both (MedfS) and (MindfS) throughout Kent and London, Skype tuition and ad-hoc classes are possible in other areas. For details of availability and prices visit the student meditation page or get in touch.

Stephen Gene Morris

Stephen Gene Morris, NeuroscientistBoth Mindfulness for Students and Meditation for Students have been created by Stephen Gene Morris, a meditator with over 25 years experience of secular and spiritual contemplation. Stephen has taught meditation to hundreds of students in recent years, he holds first class honours in psychology, an MSc in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Kent and an experienced Academic Mentor and Tutor.