With the world on high alert for a second wave and anxiety running wild throughout the entire planet’s population over staying safe during a period as uncertain and uncontrollable as ever, it’s safe to say millions, if not billions of people worldwide are feeling the effects.
While we are continuously fed with the latest statistics, health advice, threats, facts, news reports, medical articles, and other forms of information throughout the media, our brains are being conditioned to remain in a state of vigilance and nervousness.
The effects of staying in this state may have wholly detrimental effects on our bodies. While a pandemic is spreading through the world, fear manifests itself in many negative ways. One way to combat these feelings is through meditation – a proven method to help relieve feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression and help replace them with calm, strength, and sanity.
Granted, we are in no way medical professionals. The effects felt by engaging in meditation in whichever form help you are undeniably a great way to ease your mind’s strain. Many other benefits come from mediation, too:
Meditation can help boost your immune system.
Now, don’t take this the wrong way – meditation does not make you immune against any illness or disease, and you should not see it as a combative measure against contracting the virus than other forms of prevention. Still, the real facts are that the immune system can be strengthened by using self-hypnosis as a relaxation technique. This technique has positive effects throughout the body, including primarily on lymphocytes. When the body is relaxed, infections can be fought off more quickly than when the body’s energy is being spent on worry and stress.
Meditation can help relieve anxiety.
A more commonly known effect derived from meditation, spending a few minutes each day focused on staying on the moment, reinforcing positive thoughts, and accepting situations and emotions as they come and play a tremendous role in alleviating anxiety around unsure scenarios pandemic we now face. Stay mindful and educate yourself – there truly is no more significant weapon than knowledge.
Meditation can help improve emotional health.
One factor apart from the worldwide anxiety we share is feelings of loneliness or being alone. For most people, being away from family and friends may have adverse mental effects for an extended period. Emotional distress may arise when we are separated from loved ones, and the pandemic’s uncertainty makes these worries all the worse. Further, you may experience financial or medical stress during this time – all factors that cause anxiety. While there is a range of different factors that play a role in the precise management of one’s sanity, meditation may provide some comfort at this time.
So, how can I meditate?
- Use an app! Apps have become, in many ways, the bridge between mind and skill. Meditation apps are widely available, whether you use one to help you sleep, for yoga, or guided meditation through mindfulness. Find one that works for you.
- Start small. Meditate for a few minutes in the beginning. By focusing on basics for a start, you build the foundations that lead to getting the most out of your meditation. Begin building the time you spend meditating and how you do it.
- Make it a habit. By settling into a meditation routine, your mind will begin learning to automatically flip the switch and go into relaxation mode at certain times of the day. This makes it a habit you’re more likely to keep up.
- Make it fun! Put on some relaxing music, light candles, light incense, find a comfortable spot with a nice view, or meditate outside in your garden.
- Drink crystal water. Our bodies consist of 70% water. Using crystals, you infuse the energy from crystals in your water. It’s a common drink that dates back to the Middle Ages. Health and wellness outcomes are reduced anxiety, better concentration, relieve pain, increased energy, and self-confidence.
- Once a cure for COVID-19 is found, and it’s safe to physically engage with other people, try taking a class like tai chi or yoga. These practices incorporate deep breathing practices that may help ease respiratory problems and manage high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes.
If there’s one practice you can start now and keep up long after lockdown is a thing of the past, make it meditation. There are no disadvantages, and the positive effects that come from it will only serve to make your life that much better.