Mindfulness as a Means to Combat Stress in Academia

David Steinbok

David Steinbok

Dr. David Steinbok earned his doctor of psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Broward County, Florida. To continue his education, Dr. David Steinbok maintains membership in the American Psychological Association (APA) – a leading professional organization for practicing clinical psychologists.

A recent article featured by the APA says that practicing mindfulness may help counter the effects of burnout for workers in academia. The feelings of anxiety and distraction that can come from external factors may have detrimental effects on both physical and mental health.

An emerging technique in academia and other circles is the practice of mindfulness to combat anxiety and stress. While some people may equate mindfulness with meditation, mindfulness is simply the conscious decision to be present at the moment and objectively observe one’s surroundings and inner condition.

This can be done in a calm moment sitting at a desk or even while walking. Emerging research has shown that mindfulness can have positive effects on people working in any number of stressful professions, including academia.

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