Is Mindfulness the Answer to Stress Culture on Campus?

Over the past twenty years, an epidemic has spread across college campuses from coast to coast: stress.

Stress culture has taken over higher learning, straining mental health support systems at schools across the country. As students report higher levels of stress and anxiety than ever before, researchers seek novel alternatives to traditional mental health treatments including meditation and other forms of mindfulness.

At the November COBE Connect lunch Dr. Patricia Kinser of the School of Nursing at VCU discussed two of her studies that look at stress and health outcomes for pregnant women and healthcare providers. While both studies found positive correlations betwen mindfulness interventions and improved health outcomes for each group, mindfulness can help anyone cope with stress more effectively. Learn more about how mindful physical activity and resilience training can help strengthen your ability to cope with stress in the video of her presentation above.