Mindfulness & Meditation

students meditating

Mindfulness and meditation are skills you can learn to cope with stress, get a better night's rest, succeed academically, and achieve overall health and wellness. Health & Wellness offers group, drop-in, and online classes and workshops to help you learn various ways to practice these skills. 

Mindfulness is a way of living more fully in the moment to increase awareness and to be more present to what you are feeling, thinking, and experiencing with an attitude of curiosity and non-judgement.

Some benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Increasing your self-awareness
  • Changing how you perceive your experiences
  • Decreasing stress, anxiety, worry, and depression
  • Learning to act instead of react to events and experiences
  • Improving academic performance
  • Improving sleep and relaxation
  • Improving your relationships with yourselves and others by increasing gratitude, empathy, and compassion 
  • Developing insight into your life - what you value, what matters to you, how you feel, what you need, with whom you want to spend time, and more

Meditation is an effective way to strengthen your ability to be mindful. Meditation is mental training for your brain that can help you learn new ways of coping with experiences in your life. Just as physical activity strengthens your muscles, meditation strengthens your mind. It:

  • Quiets the mind
  • Creates emotional calm
  • Increases focus/attention
  • Encourages reflection
  • Increases relaxation

"Pause, Breathe, Be" Series

Refer to our Events, Workshops, and Classes page for information about dates, locations, and registration. 

Daily Recharge

This drop-in meditation is open to those who are new to meditation or those who use meditation as part of their everyday self-care practice. No registration required. Open to the UNH community.

4-Week Group

A free 4-week program to learn more about how mindfulness can reduce stress, impact academic success, and improve self-care. Open to UNH students.

Half-Day Retreat

A free half-day program to learn more about how mindfulness can reduce stress, impact academic success, and improve self-care. Open to the UNH community.

Online Spring Break Retreat

This Spring Break Retreat, which can be accessed online through MyCourses during Spring Break, will help you learn how to relieve stress, improve sleep and relaxation, and practice self-awareness. Each day will offer a new theme with an activity, a meditation, and a reflection designed to help you thrive throughout your week, the rest of the semester, and beyond.

Open to the UNH community.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra, also called yogic sleep, is a powerful and simple way to meditate. Restore, revive and energize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This workshop will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Open to all abilities, no yoga experience needed. Open to the UNH community.