You need to stay grounded and find ways to soothe your anxiety when everything is up in the air because of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If contending with joblessness or working potentially in harm’s way weren’t enough, we are also dealing with the threat of our loved ones and ourselves being infected with COVID-19 and fighting for our lives. All of this added stress is made even worse by stay-at-home orders and social distancing. Consequently, many of us are not getting the support and contact we need to feel centered, safe and grounded.
So what can you do to soothe yourself and better cope with uncertainty and the unknown while staying inside?
1. Deep Breathing
Deep meditative breathing has been shown to slow your heart rate in the immediate and help alleviate the feelings of anxiety and depression over time. Getting into the habit of deep breathing is easy. Close your eyes, slowly breathe in through your nose, hold it for a count of 5-10, and slowly breathe out through your nose or mouth. Wait a few seconds and repeat for 10 cycles. Do this several times a day if you prefer.
Meditation comes in many forms. If sitting still and blanking out your mind doesn’t work well for you, you can play audio or videos of guided meditations. This helps you visualize, but you can also use calming visualizations on your own. Sound bathing with meditative music, crystal or singing bowls, Gregorian chants, or spiritual singing are also great options.
3. Slow Movement
Slow, intentional movements focus your attention on the present moment and bring your mind and body back into balance. There are many forms of yoga to choose from that can achieve this. Plus, stretching, Tai chi, ballet, modern dance, and other techniques can create a sense of peace and power within you. There are endless instructional videos online to guide you, so find the one that connects with you the most.
Being in this together but alone is tough. Our generation has never had to deal with such a circumstance without being able to support each other naturally. When we can’t be in each others’ presence and need to control our proximity when we are, we can use these techniques to help soothe ourselves for the time being.
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