How Mindfulness Can Help To Cope The Coronavirus Anxiety
With the growing rage of the Coronavirus outbreak, we all understand that we are living through an uncertain time that requires each of us to be kind and positive. With time, we have learned how to weak mask and maintain social distancing. And no doubt, we are all fighting together to fight this global health crisis.
However, over months I have observed people experiencing mental health-related issues due to the outbreak. The increased number of mental health issues got my attention to help people to manage their emotions. Supporting people physically might be not possible; however, helping people through this blog is my only goal.
Therefore, before we start I request you all to please share this piece of information with everyone related to you so that we can all come up together and bring the curve down (increasing number of cases and increasing mental health issues).
This article explains how you can take care of yourself and your loved one’s mental health. This article is an evidence-based approach for offering people practical techniques and tools to stay grounded and connected to reduce coronavirus related anxiety.
Mindfulness and Coronavirus Anxiety
Practicing mindfulness can help us all to cultivate great and more awareness in the perspective of our mental wellbeing. Mindfulness helps to manage our emotions and it reduces stress and anxiety.
Mindfulness gives us the strength and capabilities to consciously opt for the right place. I really love the phrase by famous meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, “Moment by moment we can find our way through.” This is how being mindful can help people to cope with Coronavirus anxiety. Below mentioned are some tips on how to be mindful:
2. Focus on what is controllable.
3. Be aware of everything happening around and choose positivity to be your companion.
4. Reduce anxiety with walking meditation.
Acknowledge The Feelings:
Acknowledging that you’re feeling anxious and fearful is not a solution. However, acknowledging your feelings and not denying them is the first step towards healing. Suffering in silence can really elevate all the problems and toxicity. Therefore, acknowledging and looking for actions to keep yourself safe physically and mentally can really help us all to be safe in this tough safe.
Work on the Symptoms:
Being mindful helps us to recognize and understand our feelings and tripping points. Mindfulness is known to be a powerful tool for fighting our own fears and anxiety levels. It helps us to recognize the symptoms like:
- Reduced patience
- Sleeping issues
- Constant irritation
- Catastrophic thinking patterns
- Less concentration
- Binge eating
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Ways to Practice Mindfulness to Beat Anxiety:
Providing yourself space to understand your symptoms is the first step towards healing and recovery. The second step is to fight your symptoms. Your symptoms can be wiped away with mindfulness. Here are some tips to be mindful and stay positive during the pandemic situation:
Whenever you feel anxious inside the doors, try out any physical activity to balance the levels. In this way, your body will be able to shut down the stress. You can try:
Whenever you breathe slowly, it helps us to look at what’s going on in the surrounding. A high breathing rate brings our body and mind into an uncomfortable situation. Therefore, you can try breathing exercises like:
- Three long slow deep breaths.
- Imposing a rhythm of your breathing
- Try 4-2-6 rhythm exercise.
- Try 3-1-4 rhythm exercise
To connect with the world around you, try the following tips:
- Take a cold or hot shower
- Splash cold water
- Cuddle with your pet or try pet meditation.
- Enjoy a mindful coffee break or tea break and pay attention to the taste and aroma.
While maintaining social distancing, try to avoid physical connections and try to connect more through video calling or audio calling. Keep checking on your loved ones and try to support families and groups in such an uncertain phase.
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I hope this blog helps you to practice mindfulness to beat the blue of coronavirus outbreak. Comment down and let us know which way you’re going to use to practice mindfulness. For more such content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.
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