Inhaling the Beauty of Life as you Exhale the Stressful Things


With just a month left of school, the stress level is higher than ever especially for those who are juggling work and school. Striving to maintain a high GPA can be pretty stressful, and having poor time management skills does not help at all. How many of you guys put your work off to the last minute, and panic severely when you realize that the due date is tomorrow and the workload is a lot to get done in that short period of time?

Let’s put it this way, stress is a killer, even Dr.Litvac, who helps NCC students focus better through the art of meditation can attest to that.

If stress is chronic, that neglect can be costly over time, compromising your health, your financial well-being, and your relationships. So it’s important to understand this big thing we call stress and what it’s doing to us,” said psychologist Eldar Shafir on,

“These are not just the people who say they have some stress day to day,” says Robert Blendon, executive director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health, which conducted the poll. “These are the share of Americans for whom it really makes a big difference. It affects their ability to sleep and to concentrate. It leads them to have more arguments with family members. It affects their health.”

It’s been reported that according to , sixty percent of people with poor health have very high stress levels. With those folks who are disabled, 45 percent of them state they’re in a lot of stress.  “They’re followed by those with chronic illness (36 percent); income under $20,000 (36 percent); those in hazardous jobs (36 percent); single parents (35 percent); and parents with teenage children (34 percent).”

For college students, attending workshops offered at NCC, like “Focusing Better through the Arts,” can be the difference between getting an A in your classes and a C.

In this hour long workshop offered throughout the semester during club hour, the soothing sounds of the ocean slowly relaxes your breathing Source:

, as you stretch your body in yoga poses, paying attention to the parts where you feel the most pain.

It could be your shoulders, due to the pressure of having a lot of responsibilities, or your back from carrying a lot of heavy books, or your spine from having a lot depending on you.


As Dr.Shafir mentioned, our minds has very limited bandwidth. There’s only so much we can attend to at any one time. It’d be

hard to do well on one test, when you’re sitting there thinking about how poorly you think you did on your midterm in another class.

Dr.Litvac shared some advice stressing the importance of  taking the time to breathe slowly in and out right before a test , which will help clear your mind of the unnecessary thoughts in there  so that your mind doesn’t go blank as you’re trying to remember everything that you studied. Source:

She continued by saying that by having our minds boggled with a lot of things all at once can create more pain than we think. The junk that’s on our mind can transform itself into physical pain. After the stretches, we were told to create onto paper how we felt after the meditation exercises. For one person, the sight of nature and her religion and the love for them came into mind which was reflected through her art piece.


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