Meditation can help university students become stressed-out or habitually face writer’s block while writing an essay or dissertation.

As an academic essay proofreader and long-time practitioner of mindfulness meditation,’ I am familiar with the many benefits this type of meditation can offer. Besides being beneficial for mental health and personal well-being, mindfulness meditation is an excellent tool for students who struggle with writing essays or dissertations.

Mindfulness meditation has become a popular form of meditation and is no longer considered a ‘fringe practice.’ This form of meditation is now highly regarded by the British National Health Service (NHS) as an effective treatment for anxiety disorders and depression.

Mindfulness meditation works by developing a person’s character; more specifically, it sets the manners in which a person interacts with different circumstances and situations. Through practicing mindfulness meditation, you become aware of your habitual reactions to different situations. If one of Pavlov’s dogs could practice mindfulness meditation, it would become aware of its chronic response to salivate when it sees food. If you’re a university student, this might include the situation where you’re sitting in front of your laptop at 4 a.m. with an impending sense of doom, as you’ve only written 400 words for a 4,000-word essay that is due within nine hours. What is important to realize is that – contrary to Pavlov’s dogs – as a human university student, you can change your habitual reaction towards writing an essay or dissertation.

Usually, in the above situation, your brain is overworked, and its creative resources are depleted due to agonizing about what to write. Moreover, you’re usually not aware that your brain’s resources are depleted due to it continually agonizing about what to write. Being aware that you can’t come up with a decent idea due to worrying too much about what to write is a type of mindfulness (it could also be labeled as a type of awareness).

The next step in this process is to take a specific type of action to invigorate your brain to help you process new and better ideas for your essay. In this situation, breathing meditation would do the trick, where you focus upon the air going in and out of your nostrils. If this isn’t your thing, you could jump up and go to the kitchen to get some juice and chat with your flatmates (if they’re still awake). The point here is to do something that will take your mind off the essay topic for at least 10 or 15 minutes.


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