Mindfulness meditation and you: An alternative way to cope with stress and anxiety

As exam season quickly approaches and the semester comes to an end, stress is in the air. Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular tool recommended by healthcare professionals to help individuals relax the body and the mind, and cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. So what is the truth about mindfulness meditation, and could it actually be beneficial to you? Defining mindfulness Mindfulness can be practiced at any time, anywhere—or all the time and everywhere, as Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh explained in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Mindfulness is a unique and personalized experience for those who try it, according to Heather MacLean, a neurology professor at the University of Ottawa (U of O). In a November 2016 lecture, […]

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‘Take Five’ for your mental health

A group of McMaster University students are working on a phone app that aims to improve student mental health, five minutes at a time. The app, named “Take Five,” was the brain child of six students: Brij Karmur, Vicky Looby, Bhaag Marway, Jalpit Patel, Ashish Shrestha, and Ahmed Al-Shafayeen. Vishal Bollu, a student at the University of Waterloo, is also assisting with the development of the app. Parmjit Singh, an assistant clinical professor in McMaster’s family medicine department, is overseeing the project. Shrestha, a representative for the group, said that the app started as a class project for a clinical neuroscience class. “We were instructed to take something we were learning in the classroom and find a way to create […]

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