Carleton Students Talk Self-Care in Times of Stress

Common among most students is the S word: stress. The Charlatan spoke with Carleton students regarding what stresses them out the most, and how they make time to practice self-care. Among the top worries of students interviewed were academic performance, family expectations and maintaining a social life at the same time as managing heavy workloads. Despite common stressors, solutions vary for every individual. For Eric Leung, a second-year software engineering student, mindset is key. “It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with workloads and deadlines,” Leung said. “When I can, just closing my eyes and clearing my thoughts usually helps.” Leung also said he practices mindfulness meditation, a de-stressing technique that can be practiced at  any time, anywhere. But, keeping positive […]

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U of O implements mandatory meditation sessions for med students

The University of Ottawa (U of O) faculty of medicine recently introduced four mandatory one-hour meditation sessions per year for first and second-year medical students. Students in their last two years have a half-day workshop, in addition to optional meditation sessions offered to students throughout their degrees. Meditation is an ancient practice that is still regularly practiced today. It involves sitting silently for a sustained period of time and avoiding conscious thought to promote relaxation and self-understanding. Heather MacLean, the medical professor who advocated for the mandatory meditation sessions, said meditation is intended to help medical students with self-care, but is also a helpful practice that doctors should recommend to patients. “A lot of patients, especially when dealing with anxiety […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Does meditation really help?

Meditation—sometimes known as mindfulness—is a state of deep peace and calmness where you just let your thoughts flow naturally and relax. When most people think of meditation, they think of Buddhist monks sitting quietly and trying to achieve nirvana, but can regular people also use it to help them in their daily lives? Meditation has been said to help reduce stress, boost self awareness, and make you more creative. It slows down the activity in your brain and lets you become deeply relaxed, but how does this work? I decided to look into it. A 2011 study from Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital tested the effects of meditation on participants over an eight-week period. They focused on general […]

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Our whirlwind lives: The culture of busyness

You have two assignments due tomorrow, an essay, and an appointment with a professor. You have three weeks of readings to catch up on and should probably do laundry. You’ve also been getting an average of about five hours of sleep this past week. When someone asks how are you, the only thing you can reply with is “I’m busy.” Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone. We’re all in this together According to a nationwide survey co-ordinated by the Canadian Organization of University College Health last year, 89 per cent of Canadian students said they felt overwhelmed with all they had to do. While exams, essays, and work can pile up, there’s also a social element that adds to the […]

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DIY Blog: Creating your own Zen Den

It feels wrong to say, “it’s that time of the year again,” when referring to the stress that comes with the final stretch of another semester. I feel like it devalues the fact that stress is a perpetual state in the student existence. We know all too well how crippling it is to have all of your midterms fall perfectly within three days of each other, or how impossible it feels to sit down and start a 15-page research paper the night before it’s due (I’m a good student though, mom. I swear). If you’re like me, you know how debilitating stress and anxiety can feel when you’ve got a million things on your “to do” list. I’ve come to […]

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