Meditation and Mindfulness
Now is the perfect time to practice meditation. Mindfulness is not only good for you, but it is good for everyone around you. Mediation helps lower our stress levels, focus better, and be kinder to ourselves. If you are feeling cooped up now, here are a couple ways to help meditate.
Listen to Meditative Music
There are several meditation stations/playlists on all the free music apps. Try plugging into one of those stations for 10-15 minutes out of the day. (or longer!)
Yes you breathe all the time, but if you are particularly stressed out, you might not be breathing correctly to get the right amount of oxygen to your brain. Take 5 minutes to practice deep breathing. You can do the 4-7-8 technique Focus on the following breathing pattern:
- empty the lungs of air.
- breathe in quietly through the nose for 4 seconds.
- hold the breath for a count of 7 seconds.
- exhale forcefully through the mouth, pursing the lips and making a “whoosh” sound, for 8 seconds.
- repeat the cycle up to 4 times.
Enjoy Nature While Practicing Social Distancing
If you don’t have a large plot of land to enjoy nature up close, there are several documentaries to stream that are calming, entertaining, and insightful. Nature is our ultimate distraction when it comes to our daily grind of working inside.