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The Student Guide to Mindfulness

The Student Guide to Mindfulness

  • David Mair - Independent Psychotherapist and Editor
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September 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 positive 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 in a stress-free way.

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

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

I found Chapter 10 particularly helpful as a way of guiding young people who are extremely anxious about the unknown in their futures, a very difficult fear to allay and something I had been searching for help with.

I would recommend this book to other Specialist Mentors as it offers hope and helps to make sense of confusing and conflicting thoughts, emotions and patterns which may otherwise hinder living a fulfilling and enjoyable life.  The academic rigour of the book, as well as its accessibility, should appeal to students as well as to their mentors, although initially reading the book during the holidays might be necessary as although it offers practical advice and exercises, it does require deep consideration and a combining into the reader’s personal philosophy, as David points out, for best effect.

Cathy Fell
UMHAN - University Mental Health Advisors Network

The Student Guide to Mindfulness offers a comprehensive,  straightforward and real-world approach to mindfulness. Its clear, succinct and non-jargonistic language makes it extremely accessible and highlights the benefits, as well as the limitations, of a mindfulness approach. 
There is an excellent distinction between informal and formal mindfulness, allowing the reader to identify ways of adding informal mindful practices to their daily routines, allowing us to ‘wake up from the trance’ and change our habitual thinking patterns.

Stimulating, easy to read, explore and digest, I am certain it will become a must-have for any practitioner working within further  and higher education.

Alice Scott - University of the Highlands and Islands, Mental Health and Counselling Manager

There was a particular chapter on the guide for mindfulness that left me surprised and really grabbed my attention. Usually, what I've encountered is always just related to anxiety and stress so this chapter really surprised me and I found myself identifying with everything in it. I've never thought of perfectionism as affecting me so much but besides the explanations provided, it was the 'typical thoughts and beliefs' that really touched me as I have all of them. I can't say 'I'm fixed', but I feel more aware.


Birmingham City University Student

My favourite tip from Mindfulness and it’s benefits is that ‘Mindfulness can enable you to be more present in your life and to ‘wake up’ from the trance of worry, anxiety and depression.’ I like this quote because it reminds me of lifting a weight off of your back and allowing yourself to be stress-free.

Naomi Somers
Student Nurse at University of Derby

Beautifully laid out and a very accessible read. A good balance of theory and practical activities.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
July 8, 2020

Really useful for trainee teachers to assist their learners with mindfulness techniques.

Ms Kelly Stewart
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Central Lancashire
May 12, 2020

An excellent addition to any student 'toolkit', particularly useful for use during tutorial sessions focussed upon student Wellbeing and Mental Health.

Ms Clair Rees
Health, Social and Childcare, Neath Port Talbot College
October 12, 2020

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Mindfulness and its benefits