The outbreak of Covid-19 has caused lots of fear and anxiety, which is as much a threat to our wellbeing as the virus itself. But don’t worry, we are here for you and we have some tips for you to try out.
There are three main things for you to remember...
Live in the moment: anxiety is a normal reaction to stress when we are unsure of situations or potential outcomes. With everything that is going on it is important to focus on the things that we can control – not the things that we can’t. Know that you are not alone and that there are a wide range of resources available to you if you are feeling anxious.
Try to bring your attention to the present moment. One of the best ways to do this is to concentrate on your breathing. We take around 20,000 breaths each day, but we aren’t aware of most of them. Every breath we take is the perfect opportunity to pause, even just for a moment and start to pay attention to the present and what’s happening now.
Have a go at meditation: you might have said one day you will try meditation... well now is the time to learn!
Through meditation we can create a connection between our internal and external worlds; it has so many great benefits, including supporting the immune system.
So how do you start? You can choose an app on your phone, listen to a recorded voice or follow these simple steps:
- Make sure you are sitting or lying down in a comfortable position
- Close your eyes
- Breathe and focus attention on your breath and on how the body moves. Observe the chest, shoulders and belly
- If your mind wanders, don’t worry, it’s normal especially at the beginning, just return your focus back to the breath.
Try to practice this for a few minutes to start and don’t give up – it takes time and practice!
Don't forget to laugh: laughing is so important; it increases the endorphins that are released by your brain and decreases blood pressure, but also will help you find relief from all the stress you are going through. Watch something lighthearted, connect with a friend, colleague or family member and make sure to check out our webinar 'Laughter for Health'.
As ever, remember we are here for you.