I don't know about you, but when I go to relax there's always noise, whether it be tv, music, or my phone. I never really switch off, well, apart from when I'm asleep. The idea of mindfulness has become extremely popular recently. I was watching tv at the weekend and even saw a tv ad for a mindfulness app. These apps like Headspace and even grown-up colouring books (of which I'm dying to buy) have become the modern way for us to de-stress and squeeze some mindfulness into our hectic schedules.
If you're all about the 'New Year, New Me', then this TED talk is a great way to start off 2016. In this talk, Andy Puddicombe, a mindfulness expert who became a monk to study meditation, explains how important it is for us to nurture our mind by taking 10 minutes out to do absolutely nothing.
Now, I'm a pretty chill person. It takes a lot to stress me out, but I loved this talk and totally downloaded the Headspace app. Coming up to exams and assignments life can get more than a bit stressful, so instead of watching cat videos on YouTube or checking your Facebook, take 10 minutes out to be mindful.
You can watch the video here:
BONUS: We all make resolutions in the New Year, and rarely keep them (let's see if I'm still trying to be mindful in 6 months time). To complement Andy's talk, check out this one by Googler Matt Cutts on trying something new for 30 days. The talk is just over 3 minutes and will definitely get you writing a list of things to try out. You can watch it here: