It’s safe to say that we’re all feeling a bit out of sorts right now. There are a lot of uncertainties surrounding the novel coronavirus and when things will go back to normal. This alone can cause extra stress and anxiety. For some, getting acclimated to working from home has introduced a whole new group of stressors.
We have all heard about meditation and have at some point, thought about meditation and how it may be beneficial. Now is the perfect time to start and it can be done from the comfort of your own home.
If you are new to this, it is recommended that you start with a schedule, pick a day and time that you want to meditate and put it on your calendar. Grab your yoga mat, sit cross legged on the floor, close your eyes and take slow deep breaths. Let go of the million things that are running through your mind and just relax. You can meditate for 5 minutes or even 20 minutes, it all depends on how long you feel comfortable with.
If you are unable to meditate without assistance, there are a ton of apps out there that can help with meditation. Some popular ones are: Insight Timer, Breethe, and Headspace. Guided meditation allow the individual to set the intention for their meditation by picking what type of guided session they prefer.
The more often you meditate, the more natural it will feel. It has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and provide a number of immune boosting benefits. Some have reported increased ability to focus as well as reduced anxiousness. Meditation isn’t just for quarantine, this is a practice you can continue long after the stay at home order is lifted.