Mindfulness sessions being run as part of #DMUpride events to help students

By Tasleen Abdi

Mindfulness sessions are being run as part of this year’s #DMUpride programme marking LGBTQ+ History Month which follows the theme of ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’.

#DMUpride has sub-categories under which a range of events such as Mindfulness sessions take place which are being run by event leader Sandra Henry and other team members.

Mindfulness is a sort of contemplation where you center around being strongly mindful of what you’re detecting and feeling at the time, without translation or judgment. Rehearsing mindfulness includes breathing strategies, guided symbolism, and different practices to loosen up the body and brain and help decrease pressure.

“Mindfulness is used by many people around the world to reduce stress and support wellbeing.

“It allows participants to give the mind and body a break so I hope it has had a positive effect on those that have taken part in the #DMUpride sessions,” Sandra said.

Learning to focus on the here and now can help to improve concentration. Regular mindful practice can boost feelings of wellbeing, helping to manage the distractions in our day to day life, needed now more than ever in the current pandemic.

Mindfulness can help students flourish with their studies, including scholastically, by expanding their memory and diminishing pressure and tension.

The next online session will be on Thursday (MARCH25) from 3 to 3.30pm. To book a place, visit

Video guides and more information on support is available from the dmu website.

Further support options can be found from the NHS site Every Mind Matters or DMU students can access Wellbeing support.

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