The coronavirus pandemic has halted the world. While everyone was too busy living their lives and minding their own business, COVID-19 happened. All of a sudden, everyone was at home, practicing social distancing, and trying to cope with things they never expected to happen in this lifetime.
As the world continues to battle COVID-19 and the risks that it comes with, people have to teach themselves how to survive. But it is not just a matter of survival. It is also about living the best kind of life possible despite the pandemic.
Luckily, people have the option to engage in mindful living to cope with real-life challenges.
The promise of tomorrow, they say, will always be there. But with the advent of the pandemic, people have begun to wonder if tomorrow is ever going to come. While it remains to be unstable at this time, the more important thing to focus on is the promise brought about by today.
Your life and good health are two reasons you should remain thankful despite the difficult times. While there are many ways to practice mindfulness, the most crucial part is to accept what the times have brought.
There’s no point in worrying about tomorrow if you can make today count. Most of the time, the human mind is preoccupied with the past and concerned about the future. An at-home mindfulness retreat is all that you need to bring you back to the moment. You need to learn to live in the moment so that you can see the value of living at all.
The coronavirus has indeed made a lot of people feel anxious about what the future may bring. But when you put your mind and soul into the current moment, it helps you focus on the more important aspects of life. You begin to see the value of the actions that you do and the decisions that you make.
Mindfulness meditation will teach you to live at the moment. With continued practice, you can be stress-free, far from the challenges of anxiety and depression. Slowly, you can find your own way of coping with the challenges of the new normal.
Should you be worried about tomorrow? It is a natural part of you to be worried, especially amid the pandemic. However, you must also think of the many things you can be thankful for today. After all, not everyone survives an epidemic.
By survival, you know it means beyond having a life. It is about enjoying what life may bring. Before your mind goes to different directions thinking of ways to survive this pandemic, remember that you have yourself and your family and friends. Anything that comes beyond that is extra.
Preparing yourself to meditate will always be difficult in the beginning. When your mind is used to the noise, it can be quite tough to calm it down to achieve quiet. But keep on doing it. Practice makes perfect. In this case, regular practice will make meditating during the coronavirus anxiety so much easier to do.
Here are the top three tips to help you make it happen.
If it’s your first time meditating, give yourself a bit more room to adjust. The difficult part of quieting the mind is part of the whole process. If you are wondering if others have the same problem too, the answer is yes, they do.
With so much to worry about, it is tough to tell yourself to calm down and not worry. You are not doing it wrong. Just keep on going and get yourself back to the present. Pause for a moment and try to meditate again for five minutes. Over time, your discipline will make you stronger.
How do you push yourself to keep going when it seems things are getting tough? When you begin to get lost in your worries, stop and take a moment to think about what your life is right now. Realizing that you are giving in to your anxiety is the best help you can give yourself at this time.
When you know the worries are overpowering you, push yourself to scare those thoughts away. Teach yourself the acronym STOP.
The key to staying grounded is to push yourself to keep going. Things can only get better.
Did you know that your breathing can help you determine how you really feel inside? Slow, deep breathing is a good sign that you are comfortable where you are at the moment. Fast breaths tell you that you are agitated or anxious.
Take deep breaths and allow yourself to relax. This type of breathing helps reset the nervous system. It will enable you to be more mindful of what’s happening, including how you really feel.
Being one with nature helps you find your grounding. You can do this by merely taking a walk. Explore the world outside and see the wonders that it can offer. While you may not be able to grocery shop due to the coronavirus, you can simply step out of your house and feel the air. The earth will provide you with the support that you need. Listen to the birds chirping outside your window. Look at the lush green color of the grass. The tall trees that provide the shade will remind you of how good life is.
The silent meditation is your retreat from the world. The coronavirus pandemic may have brought feelings of anxiety to the surface, but don’t let it scare you. Instead, allow it to teach you a thing or two about life.
The pandemic may have halted your life, but it has given you a reset button of how you want to live your life.
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