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The Student Guide to Mindfulness

The Student Guide to Mindfulness

First Edition
  • David Mair - Independent Psychotherapist and Editor
Additional resources:

October 2019 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Do you want to:

  • Learn how to embed mindfulness in your everyday life?
  • Understand how to manage feelings of anxiety or depression? 
  • Find a healthy balance between course work, job and social life?
  • Face the future with a realistic attitude?

More than ever students are reporting high levels of stress, depression and loneliness while at university – so looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as academic preparation. 

This book provides grounded guidance on how mindfulness can be used to cope with the main sources of anxiety while you are completing your studies, so you can find balance and make the most of student life.  Combined with practical and recorded mindfulness exercises, learn how to master techniques and tools to reconnect with the present and yourself, and approach life at uni with greater equanimity and understanding.

Chapter 1: Mindfulness and its benefits
Chapter 2: Mindfulness and the brain
Chapter 3: Mindfulness: formal and informal
Chapter 4: Mindfulness and self-compassion
Chapter 5: Mindfulness and depression
Chapter 6: Mindfulness and perfectionism
Chapter 7: Mindfulness and anxiety
Chapter 8: Mindfulness and procrastination
Chapter 9: Mindfulness and self-care
Chapter 10: Mindfulness and the future


Online resources

Additional online resources available on publication:
  • Audio files to accompany exercises in the book
  • A course-building template for Student Service providers.
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This is an invaluable resource for those working and participating in Higher Education.  Its practical and straightforward approach is so helpful .  Highly recommended.

Paul Glynn
Senior Counsellor, LSE

This book condenses some of David Mair’s considerable experience, wisdom, insight and humour gained over 20 years of student counselling within university settings, and written something all students should read.  He’s captured many of the day to day problems student report to our counselling services and also practicable strategies to help navigate the emotional maelstrom of university life. 

Mark Fudge, Head of Counselling and Mental Health Support, Keele University, Chair BACP – University and Colleges Division

Mark Fudge
Head of Counselling and Mental Health Support, Keele University

Many students find mindfulness helpful and research shows us that it can help students improve their resilience to stress. This book very usefully shows how to develop a mindfulness approach to different student specific situations such as procrastination.

Very easy to read and illustrated by useful case studies that directly relate to the student experience, readers can dip in and out of this beautifully written book and focus on the chapters that are particularly relevant to them.

I recommend this book, a great and practical addition to the Mindfulness literature.

Géraldine Dufour
Head of Counselling at the University of Cambridge, Chair of the Universities and Colleges Division of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy,
one of the authors of A mindfulness-based intervention to increase resilience to stress university students (the Mindful Student Study): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

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