“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”
– Barbara De Angelis

During such an uncertain and confusing time, many people find themselves facing high levels of anxiety and stress. These are very natural responses. With more and more cases of COVID-19 reported around the globe, it’s easy to feel powerless and defeated, desperate to help others yet unsure of how to make a difference.

Now more than ever, it’s vital to protect and nurture not only your physical health, but also your mental health and well-being. If you’re experiencing anxiety or stress, consider trying one of the following mindfulness exercises:

  • Sitting Meditation: Sit comfortably with your back straight, feet flat on the floor and hands in your lap. Breathe through your nose and focus entirely on the breath moving in and out of your body.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Then, working from your head down to your toes, progressively tense and relax the individual muscle groups throughout your entire body. Remember to breathe throughout the exercise!
  • Body Scan Exercise: Get comfortable by lying down in a bed or couch. Take a few deep breaths before slowly bringing your attention and awareness to your feet. Notice any sensations, aches, or discomforts as you continue to breathe. Visualize the tension leaving your body through your breath, then move on to the next area of your body.

A new coping mechanism goes a long way when combating anxiety and stress. To learn more about other mindfulness exercises or to speak with someone about your fears and anxieties surrounding COVID-19, contact any of our chaplains at the major residential and healthcare institutions where we serve.