Does all the recent talk surrounding COVID-19, coronavirus, quarantine, and self-isolation have you feeling stressed, anxious or irritable? Now may be the perfect time to start a meditation practice. Mindfulness, which can be defined as present moment awareness, is an age-old practice. However, it has been growing in popularity more and more each year due to the increasing scientific evidence of its many benefits. These next few weeks to months of time to yourself is a great time to try it out! Starting with just a few minutes of meditation each day can help you reset your mind and your perspective.
This is Part 1 of a 6-Part series on how you can incorporate Mindfulness & Meditation into your life.
But you don’t have to be “mindful” in a meditative way if it doesn’t work for you. Taking a bath or reading a book – and staying off social media during these times – helps to clear your mind and relax.
Ways to be mindful include:
- Breathing exercises, focusing on each inhale and exhale
- Eating healthy meals, savoring each bite
- Meditating on a positive word (relaxation, ease or calm) or an image that makes you happy
- Intentionally connecting to an old friend (electronically, of course)
- Taking a bath, noticing the warm temperature and its effects on muscle tension releasing
Written in Collaboration with Gray Meckling