Story by Sam Aaron, Haley Dixon and Sarah Emily Rish

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Photo by Sarah-Emily Rish

Mindfulness training is simply that: training for the mind.

“[It’s] being able to be present in the moment and not worry out the past or the future and kind of learn to relax,” school counselor Teresa Farell said.

Students have recently started attending mindfulness training sessions to help relieve them of stress from not only school, but any stressful tasks such as applying for colleges or working at a job. The sessions are about 20 minutes long every other day and let students relax and calm down.

“Mindfulness is a way to relieve the mind of anything that doesn’t promote peace. It helps you control what you think about and how it affects you,” senior Courtney Thomas said.

The training is something that is important to consider. Stress is common throughout high school, which is the main reason for the training being offered.

“I think that being a teenager these days is hard. You’re responsible for school work, being social, and being responsible [in general],” Farell said.

Mindfulness training is, as the name suggests, focused on calming the mind, but it also helps relax the body.

“It is very effective with helping you relax by relaxing your muscles and really focusing on loosening up any stress throughout the body,” Courtney said.

The training has been helpful to those who have attended sessions so far, the 20 minutes of time to think for themselves letting them accomplish more and do better things than just worry about how stressed they are or how much school is stressing them out.

“They have really helped me just relax and feel in control of myself. Whenever I go, it allows me to clear my mind and I feel calmer and confident that I can get all my work done efficiently,” senior Prentiss Edmond said.

Relaxing and enjoying life is the overall goal of mindfulness training.

Stressful situations are present all throughout high school, and it’s safe to say that everyone has been through at least one stressful moment of their life, whether it be because of a test or a presentation, a performance or an interview.

The training is here to help everyone with whatever they’re possibly going through, and students might want to give it a try to see if it helps them.

“I would definitely recommend mindfulness to other students because I think it really helps students clear their minds and really focus on their well being,” Prentiss said. “Being stressed all the time makes it harder to get work done, but with mindfulness it makes it easier to know that you can only do one thing at a time and it overall makes you feel more in control of yourself.”