Meditate the stress away

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More university students are turning to mediation as a away to release stress during the last weeks of the semester, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Students say they feel more stress around finals than any other time during the school year, so they go to Mindfulness for Students to learn ways to better cope with it, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Mindfulness for Students is a group founded by some of the university's graduate students and instructors from all over the Twin Cities, according to the Minnesota Daily. The group meets once a week to meditate throughout the year, but they are the busiest during finals week, according to the Minnesota Daily.

"In the midst of an anxious classroom environment, I was able to have a sense of calmness," the group's co-founder and former student Alex Haley said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily.

Other students say the group helps them reduce stress in other aspects of their life, not just during finals, according to the Minnesota Daily.

"To be mindful, you are able to focus your thoughts more," sophomore Norma Thompson said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily. "You can clear your head before you have to start taking on a task."

Different instructors, who teach their very own definitions of what it means to be mindful, lead the group, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Mark Nunberg, one of instructors, said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily that he wants students to understand the significance of meditating regularly.

Haley teaches a method called the "body scan," which is a technique based on stress reduction.

"You simply take your awareness and sweep it through the body," he said to the Minnesota Daily, "which creates a sense of relaxation."

The group hopes that more students can continue to use what they learn through meditation in their regular lives, according to the Minnesota Daily.

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