How to win the battle against study-related thoughts

How to win the battle against study-related thoughts

The corona pandemic brings the battlefield into your private home. 

Until now, the challenge was to find a place in the library, study all day and recover mentally from the cognitive strains at home in the evening. The fight to free yourself from study-related thoughts is not easy even if you can physically distance yourself. Due to the lockdown and the associated closure of universities, students must now try to learn at home and disconnect mentally at the place of action after work is done. This makes the process of detachment even harder. The term for the procedure is psychological detachment and refers to the ability to mentally disconnect from studying during leisure time. To increase long-term health, affective states, work performance and overall life satisfaction this could be very beneficial. 

Our research group is looking for a way to help you in the battle of psychological detachment. We asked 90 participants to fill in a questionnaire. After half of them practiced a mindfulness exercise for 7 days, all participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire again.  

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations in an objective, non-judgmental manner. This state has been shown to reduce stress and increase physical & psychological well-being. Moreover, we were interested in how physical activity affects detachment. The physical demands required during exercise make it almost impossible to participate in work-related activities at the same time. 

If you want to find out which helpful tactical strategies we have identified for you, read our study or contact us via fpn-rp2027-group24@maastrichtuniversity.nl!
Until then, good luck in winning the battle over your thoughts and thereby increasing your well-being.

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