Kent State promotes mental health in Meditation Across Campus

With midterms coming to an end and finals not far ahead, Kent State is making sure students have a space to relax on campus. Throughout the week various buildings host Meditation Across Campus to help students relax during the semester. 

Graduate student Evan Faidley is trying to add meditation into his busy schedule because it helps him find solace and calmness.

“It really is a no-judgment space where you can relax,” Faidley said.

Yoga classes, which are available at the Beverly J. Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center, were also promoted to students as a more physical way to relax. These classes are offered every week throughout the semester for students to attend.

“You exercise your body at the gym; this is exercise for your mind,” meditation instructor and economics professor Ludmila Leontieva said about meditation.

Meditation and yoga have many benefits besides just helping people relax. Meditation has been proven to help reduce stress, improve sleep and increase concentration which can be very helpful for students during midterms. Yoga helps build strength, improve balance and improve the overall health of a person.

“We tend to get wrapped up in minor things, so meditation helps keep you thinking about what is important,” junior art education major Jade Brundelet said.

Stephanie Gaskins works at the University Libraries and leads a meditation session. She reminds participants that it is not a bad thing to take time for yourself.

“It is okay to rest and relax; it is essential to rest and relax,” Gaskins said. “This is a healthy and productive activity.”

Leontieva often encourages her students to take a moment before class to meditate. She says it helps them focus more on what is happening during class. She also encouraged students to find ways to meditate and focus on what is in front of them instead of letting your mind wander and getting stressed. 

“Listen to music and really focus on it; close your eyes,” Leontieva said. “When you drink coffee really focus on what is in front of you, the smell and taste. It takes 15 seconds.” 

Shelby Reeves is an alumni affairs and health reporter. Contact her at [email protected]