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REPORT ON THE WEBINAR SESSION ON THE TOPIC ‘MINDFULNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH’ ’The key to well-being is to become aware of ourselves and take proper decisions’

An exclusive webinar session for the students of St. John College of Humanities and Sciences (SJCHS) was organised by the Department of Arts, SJCHS on the topic ‘Mindfulness and Mental Health’ scheduled on 10th January 2022 at 11.10 a.m. in its endeavours to empower the students with advantages of practicing mindfulness regularly and its impact on mental health. The session was conducted by Mr. Saurabh Chavan, Asst. Prof. (Psychology) Dept. of Arts, SJCHS. The was started by Ms. Melissta Rodrigues, Asst. Prof. (Economics), Dept. of Arts, SJCHS who introduced the speaker to the students.

This intriguing session was attended by around 100 students and teachers. The speaker started with an activity in which the participants had to get aware about the surroundings around them. He then explained how being aware in the present moment can cut our association with the negative thoughts related to the past and anxious expectations of the future which can further lead to experiencing the present moment with full awareness. Further he explained what mindfulness really means and explained it with a couple of examples. He also mentioned the various benefits of practicing mindfulness. Lastly he conducted a guided meditation activity on mindfulness and helped the students to get a practical approach of practicing mindfulness in day to day life.

Finally, Ms. Melissta Rodrigues expressed her gratitude and vote of thanks towards the Speaker for conducting such an enriching session. She further thanked the Management, Principal of the college Dr. Brajabandhu Das and HOD (Dept. of Arts)- Dr. Ravi Mishra for their exemplary efforts in providing such platforms to the Teachers and the Students and helping them increase their knowledge on mindfulness and mental health. Feedback form was later sent to the students and the webinar was concluded.

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