Mindfulness for students

FARIS Ariana
Journal article citation:
Therapy Today, 23(7), September 2012, pp.19-21.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Students often suffer from performance anxiety and exam stress. This article describes how mindfulness training has been used to help young people cope with competitive pressures at a high-ranking music college. The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) is a prestigious music and drama college with approximately 700 students. The courses all work towards a performance in some shape or form, and performance anxiety is one of the challenges the students face. An 8-week course for performance anxiety and stress adapted from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has been developed and taught at RWCMD. The programme focuses specifically on anxiety and stress in performance and test situations. The experiential skills-based sessions last 1.5 hours and teach mindfulness practices such as focusing on the breath, mindful movement, and use of 3-minute breathing pauses, as well as informal mindfulness exercises such as practising mindful awareness of regular daily activities. Student responses to the course have been very positive.

Subject terms:
stress, students, anxiety, behaviour therapy, mindfulness;
Content type:
practice example
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