How meditation can help you cope during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Meditating has increased in popularity as people have discovered the many benefits it has to offer. Meditation is a routine process where you train your mind to focus, direct attention or awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Many people have found it to help develop their concentration, reduce stress, and redirect unwanted thoughts or feelings. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, meditating can be a very healthy coping alternative rather than turning to drugs or alcohol. It offers an outlet for those struggling with substance abuse and mental health, as well as other COVID-19 related health effects.
Here are three benefits from meditation that can help you during COVID-19:
One of the most common reasons people choose to meditate is to lower their stress levels. Our days can be busy and sometimes we have little time to ourselves or a moment to catch our breath.
COVID-19 has created a shift in our culture and has caused us to adapt in many areas of our life including work, school, recreation, etc. Many people are working from home, have been working in high-stress essential jobs, or have recently been unemployed. Additionally, we have had to make monumental changes when it comes to educating our youth and future leaders.
Did you know that 188 countries have imposed countrywide school closures, affecting more than 1.6 billion children and youth due to COVID-19? More than two-thirds of countries have introduced a national distance learning platform.
All of this heavily affects our health and can significantly increase stress. Yet, finding a small amount of time each day to practice particular habits could help alleviate the stress we experience from COVID-19.
Minimizing stress can help reduce anxiety. During the pandemic, anxiety has been on the rise and many people are fearful for their futures.
A survey conducted by ILO, named ‘Youth and Covid-19: impacts on jobs, education, rights, and mental well-being’ found that “half of the young population is subjected to anxiety and depression causing circumstances and more than a third are uncertain of their future career prospects because of coronavirus pandemic.”
Many youth and young adults are unsure of what is next and even adults are struggling to cope with drastic changes at work.
Mindfulness meditation can help reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, paranoid thoughts, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and panic attacks.
Improved Emotional Wellbeing
Meditation can also help improve self-image and lead to a more positive outlook on life. It can improve focus, increase imagination, creativity, patience, and tolerance. Feelings of being overwhelmed or of being out of control are common, especially during COVID-19.
Finding time to work on yourself and be mindful of how you are feeling is important.