Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief: Relax and Focus
Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious juggling the demands of school, jobs, social lives and family responsibilities? You’re not alone. According to the 2010 National College Health Association survey of college students, more students identified stress as a factor negatively affecting their academic performance than any other single factor surveyed.
The following guided practices can serve to support the skills students have learned in the Develop Emotional Balance programs: RELAX and FOCUS. Or, if you have not yet attended one of SHAC's stress relief or concentration programs, feel free to download or listen to these guided audio practices on your own.
To download an mp3 guided audio, please right click on the audio file link and select "Save Link As..." or listen online by just clicking on the link.
- 4 minute Body Scan Practice Link
- 20-minute Breath Relaxation
- 3 minute breathing space (Univ of Missouri, MPC)
- 27 minute body scan (Univ of Missouri, MPC)
- 30 minute sitting meditation (Univ of Missouri, MPC)
- Diaphragmatic Breathing (Univ of Texas)
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation (Univ of Texas)
- 5 minute breathing meditation (UCLA-MARC)
- 7 minute working with difficult emotions (UCLA-MARC)
- 9 minute loving-kindness meditation (UCLA-MARC)
- 12 minute breath, sound, body meditation (UCLA-MARC)
The RELAX and FOCUS practices offered on this website do not constitute professional medical /counseling advice and should not be used as a substitute for medical/psychotherapeutic diagnosis, advice or services.