As the world struggles to cope with the devastating effects of the global pandemic of COVID-19, here’s what you can do to keep yourself safe with mindfulness meditation during coronavirus outbreak.
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ~ Maya Angelou
The recent coronavirus outbreak has everyone on edge. Many of us and our loved ones are at high risk of getting seriously ill. And our efforts to slow the spread of the virus have completely disrupted our lives.
Our economy is taking a hit, and many people are losing their jobs. As health officials scramble to develop a vaccine and treatment, our future remains uncertain. There is a lot to be nervous about.
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For those who have never experienced any sort of widespread emergency or catastrophe, this pandemic can be especially hard to deal with. The good news is that we are a pretty resilient species. As humans, we have the capability of dealing with great adversity, and to even come out stronger on the other side.
One thing that can help us deal with the current crisis is mindfulness. With mindfulness, we can lower our risk of getting ill, and improve our ability to handle the situation both mentally and emotionally. Let’s look at how we can do this.
Mindfulness Meditation Calms Your Fears and Anxieties
One of the primary ways that mindfulness meditation can help you get through the coronavirus crisis is by calming your fears and anxieties. You see, all of our emotions are triggered by our thoughts, whether conscious or unconscious. Mindfulness meditation will calm your thoughts, so you experience fewer stressful emotions.
“Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.”
Another way mindfulness meditation eases your stress and anxiety is by helping you think more clearly, and this will lead to better decisions. Your actions will no longer be determined by your fears. They will be more carefully considered. And during this crisis, your decisions will impact the lives of yourself, your loved ones, and others.
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Mindfulness of Your Environment
Mindfulness meditation will also help you gain greater awareness of your environment and a greater perspective of your situation. As you develop a more calm and clear mind through mindfulness meditation, you will naturally be more aware of your environment and the associated risks.
You will be more inclined to follow the recommendations from health officials, and lower your risk of contracting the virus. For example, you will have a better idea of when it’s safe to go out in public and where. Then when you return home, you will more carefully consider how to disinfect yourself and your clothes, so you don’t potentially pass on the virus to household members who are at higher risk.
Mindfulness of Your Health
Mindfulness meditation can help you significantly with regard to your health. It can help you in two ways:
1) by helping you develop greater awareness of your body and mind, and
2) by actually improving your health and resistance to the virus. Let’s examine these a little further.
As you develop mindfulness through meditation, you will become more aware of what is happening in your body. Not only that, but you will also be able to determine what triggered certain reactions in your body.
For example, if your stomach feels upset after eating, you will be more able to determine exactly what food or ingredient caused the discomfort. Sometimes, the effects are not immediate. You may experience the effects the next day or even later. In some cases, the effects are cumulative, and experienced over the long term, such as poor health from lack of physical activity.
The second way that mindfulness meditation affects you is by actually improving your health. Numerous studies have shown that even modest amounts of meditation can significantly improve your health. The practice can lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, and reduce chronic illnesses.