Mindfulness and your brain

Jessie is constantly down on herself:
“That photo makes me look fat.” “No one will invite me to the party!” “I stink at math. I’m going to fail that test.”

Mindfulness profoundly (that means in a really big way) alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of your thoughts and feelings. Yes, your brain changes as a result of practicing mindfulness. And it changes in such a way that you feel better and you think better about who you are.

When you are doing your school work, you are often in the “thinking” part of your brain – the executive functions. This is when you plan ahead, strategize, problem-solve, reason, keep thoughts in your mind and manipulate them in the short-term. You can see that these are all the skills that help you be a better student.

Well, your prefrontal cortex, where the executive functions live, is still changing in order to become more efficient. Want to know where your prefrontal cortex is? Point to your forehead. Great. That’s it – in there is where all this good thinking stuff happens.

Okay, so you now know you need all these cognitive (thinking) skills to help you in school and in life. And you know that YOUR brain, because of your young age, is still perfecting itself in this particular area. And now you know that mindfulness will actually help grow this area. Now what?

Grow it! Be mindful.

Here’s how:

The next time you have a test and want to be focused, sit for one minute prior to the test and breathe calmly. In your mind’s eye, see yourself sitting down to take the test. Envision yourself being calm and confident. What does your posture look like? What does you face look like. Let yourself be that. Now see the test being placed on the desk before you or on the computer screen in front of you. Imagine yourself being confident at the start. Take a deep breath. Feel the confidence flow through your body. Tell yourself, I am ready. Take two more deep breaths and open your eyes.

Sweet! That’s just one example of how mindfulness and your imagination can help you prepare cognitively. Now let’s look at how mindfulness can help you emotionally.

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Have you ever used mindfulness to help you prepare for a test? If so, what do you do?

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  • wlkhs2307
    Posted at 15:08h, 02 March Reply

    Yes, If I knew the content and was still stressed about the test I would take time to myself. Do self-care.

  • WLKHS 2315
    Posted at 15:05h, 02 March Reply

    Yes, I put my phone down across the room so i couldn’t look at it or go on it and took out my notes and studied for 2 hours.

  • wlkhs2206
    Posted at 17:20h, 28 February Reply

    i have once or twice if i was studying for a long time and i just need a break i will go on a walk with my dog or just listen to music.

  • wlkhs2203
    Posted at 17:12h, 28 February Reply

    I have actually. I usually take deep breathes so I stop focusing so much on the exam and more about how well i prepared for it. I studied and i just focus on my breathing and not as much as the test itself. Reminding myself that I and well prepared and I got this and to try and do my best.

  • wlkhs2211
    Posted at 16:59h, 28 February Reply

    no i have not

  • WLKHS2104
    Posted at 14:51h, 28 February Reply

    yes, I give myself a minute and go over all the worries I have about the test and work out my worries with myself.

  • wlkhs1131
    Posted at 13:09h, 11 October Reply

    I have used many things to help me prepare for a test I am nervous for; a simple example being deep breaths. I picture a triangle in my head and count to three up the first side, take the deep breath (the top point) and then three more seconds traveling down the last side. I wait 3 more seconds (bottom side) before I start again. I also eat a mint before tests. I focus on the flavor until I stop thinking about other stresses to help calm me down.

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