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  • Writer's pictureMaria Tinoco

Covid-19 Keep calm & seek new ways to promote your wellbeing

I was thinking of writing about a health-related topic. But, under the circumstances, the world is facing today, I decided to write about something that benefits your state of being. At this time, it is crucial to be calm and raise the good vibes, not to succumb to a feeling of helplessness about the future.

In these times of world turmoil, we need to stop, give a step back, and reflect. Mindfulness can help you to do that, to calm you down, cope with stress and anxiety, and in turn, support your immune system.

 

Here you have FIVE mindfulness activities you can choose from


COVID19 and your wellbeing
COVID19 and your wellbeing

1. Stretch - for stress

Stretch the areas of your body that usually tighten during the day. Notice how it feels to move your muscles, notice any tightness, and enjoy the feeling. A simple yoga routine may help you to do these stretching each morning.


2. Deep breathing - for anxiety.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, letting the air out slowly. Focus on one of your senses and pay attention to the different scents, sounds, or feelings you pick up from your environment. Just notice them. Focus only on sensations and breathing. If your mind starts wandering (and it probably will), just gently bring your attention back to your breath. Do this exercise for no more than five minutes, to feel less anxious and calmer.


3. Chew slowly - for immunity

Yes, I am serious! Eating is an opportunity to connect with our bodies and enjoy what’s happening in the present moment. Chew slowly, tasting each particular food, look at the colors, and appreciate how you’re fueling your body. This practice is excellent not only for your digestion and absorption of nutrients but a time to enjoy and relax.


4. Coloring or painting - for anxiety

Coloring can be a calming activity, pick a coloring book or paint by numbers canvas, with not too many details to complete. One where you can either let your mind wander or focus on what you’re doing. This practice will also allow you to exercise the part of the brain that improves focus and concentration.


5. Go outside - for calming

Take a walk or simply find somewhere comfortable to sit. Pay close attention to everything you see. Focus on everything around you and appreciate the sun on your face, the wind, or the sound of birds.

Take a minute to start incorporating any of these effective practices into your daily routine and start seeing the way it changes you for the better.


“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”– Roy T. Bennett



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