Proposal: How does practicing Self-care and mindfulness affect college students and working professionals?

Practicing self-care means taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, keeping our physical health taken care of can make a significant, positive impact on our mental health as well. Self-care is based on enhanced self-awareness, which can be beneficial for persons suffering from mental illnesses. Self-awareness training can help you detect patterns in your emotions, such as events or situations that can worsen symptoms. It can also assist you in recognizing what activities or chores are important for your well-being, as well as relieve unfavorable symptoms of mental illness or stress, or just provide you with joy or relaxation. Mindfulness is an awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. Self-acceptance, self-understanding, and self-care are all part of a mindfulness practice. This can involve, but is not necessary to include, meditation. Mindfulness isn’t primarily a meditation technique for coping with difficulties, mindfulness is a way of living, a way of being.

Research has revealed that mindfulness has helped students and even working professionals reduce stress levels, increase relaxation, and a practice of self-care. Mindfulness meditation, according to researchers, develops metacognitive awareness, reduces rumination by disengaging from perseverative cognitive activity, and improves attentional skills by improving working memory. As a result of these cognitive advancements, effective emotion-regulation methods are possible. Experiencing significant levels of stress in the workplace is common not only in schools, but in a wide array of work settings, although all stress cannot be eliminated in the workplace, research has documented some best practices and strategies that can help reduce the extent and impact of stress.

  1. https://www.umassglobal.edu/news-and-events/blog/self-care-for-college-students
Self-care for college students: Learn how to prioritize your wellness

According to this article, today’s college population is experiencing stress at unparalleled levels. Eight out of 10 students report dealing with it frequently. Over time, that continued strain can contribute to some notable issues related to both physical and mental health. Students were asked to participate in a survey which reported factors such as anxiety, stress, depression, sleep difficulties affects their academic performance. The article states “In addition to affecting students’ mental and physical health, there’s one more key area that college stress influences over time: behavioral health. This refers to how people respond in various scenarios – when a distinct, regular behavior that goes beyond the scope of a typical mental illness begins to negatively affect someone, it impacts their behavior health.” While managing school, work, and maintaining a social life, if very hard not to slip into that genre of behavioral health when it comes to juggling life, but there are many ways one can cope with stress through mindfulness and self-care.

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6350815/

School Mental Health Is Not Just for Students: Why Teacher and School Staff Wellness Matters

This health research manuscript goes into detail on work related stress for educators, employee wellness programs, recommended wellness standards, etc. Although the workplace wellness literature predominantly focuses on health-related programs to support well-being in more traditional business settings, it offers foundational knowledge for the emerging school staff wellness field. Experiencing significant levels of stress in the workplace is common not only in schools, but in a wide array of work settings.  The article states “Although school employees throughout the United States are clearly affected by work-related stress, they often lack the programs, resources, and tools needed to support their management of that stress and the promotion of overall wellness.” School and work places don’t help in any way knowing they are the reason for these issues, Programs or workshops is a good way to help students as well as working professionals.

3. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/07/student-self-care

How to encourage student self-care

Managing stress is very difficult, not knowing the next steps to take to benefit you is normal, but there’s always another way to deal with mental health. This article states “Yet graduate programs don’t usually teach their students how to make time for self-care, despite evidence that self-care behaviors make for happier, healthier trainees. A meta-analysis of 17 studies led by Joshua K. Swift, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Idaho State University, found that self-care behaviors were linked with increased self-compassion and life satisfaction and decreased psychological distress among grad students in professional psychology (Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2016). And a survey of 358 psychology doctoral students led by Evan Zahniser, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, found that higher levels of self-care were associated with better self-reported progress in respondents’ graduate programs (Training and Educational in Professional Psychology, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2017).” It is known that indulging in some form of self care show shows of positive behavior, good work ethic and a good well-being. Wellness programs that emphasize a wide range of wellness components, such as diet, physical activity, and stress management, have been proven to boost teacher morale, enhance perceptions of their ability to handle job stress, and result in greater levels of overall well-being.

4. https://www.catherinecookcottone.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Midnful-Self-Care-and-Subjective-Wellbeing-2020-Chatterjee-Jethwani.pdf

A study of The Relationship between Mindful Self-Care and Subjective Well-Being among College Students and Working Professionals

In this article is states “Particularly in the urban community, college students and working professionals face unique stressors which negatively impact their well-being. The steady and intentional practice of mindful self-care has been linked to positive well-being.” Many college students as wells working professionals all deal with differnet factors in life that leads to stress depression, anxiety and more. Studies show that practicing self-care and mindfulness reliefs many of those factors for most students and working professionals. Common factors in our everyday lifestyle can result in mental health problems which include gender sexuality, substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness, exposure to violence, sexual abuse, peculiar diet, etc. Throughout this article it portrays studies that indicates a growing need for greater frequency of self-care practices and interventions to improve one’s well-being

5. Addressing Self-Care for Students and Field Educators with Mindfulness: A Collaborative Approach to Field Placement

Addressing Self-Care for Students and Field Educators with Mindfulness: A Collaborative Approach to Field Placement

This article starts off by explaining how certain challenges in this case Covid-19 affected students and field educators ,where partner organizations have been forced to upend their service-delivery models, students are facing new levels of stress and isolation, and field faculty have been forced to rethink the nature and form of field education. The pandemic has changed the environment in which students and agencies operate substantially. Students and agencies are experiencing more stress and insecurity; these variables must be considered, and field education models should adjust to better suit the current context. The article states “In debriefing sessions, students shared that mindfulness training had positive impacts overall, improving their ability to manage stress, practice self-compassion, and live in the present moment.” This helped students see field education as a wide skill development and integration opportunity rather than an internship requiring direct service to an organization.

6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6080382/

U.S. medical students who engage in self-care report less stress and higher quality of life

In this research article it explains how student wellness has highlighted the importance of self-care for medical students. For the purpose of the research a self-report survey was designed to measure self-care, perceived stress, and quality of life, they hypothesized that self-care would moderate the relationship between stress and psychological quality of life in medical students, as well as stress and physical quality of life. As a result the level of reported engagement in self-care increased, the strength of the inverse relationship between perceived stress and both physical and psychological quality of life appeared to weaken.

Reflection

So far within this project I feel like I’m track I have a clear proposal, where I know what I”ll be presenting? sharing in the next few weeks. I have been browsing through many articles looking for the best one with accurate facts and information with valid points I could include in my presentation. At first my main problem was not knowing what my topic would be, before resulting in the topic chosen I changed my mind about 4 times, but after doing more research I was able to pick a topic related to self-help , and that interests me as well. My only concern for this project is actually presenting to the class, a powerpoint is supposed to be made, and I just have a hard time speaking to large groups and being open. I hop within the next few weeks I’ll be able to overcome my obstacles and give a valid and presentable presentation.