By noticing our emotions in a curious, rather than in a reactive and judgmental way, we can curb the cycle of self-judgment during that moment. 

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness:

1: Self-Compassion

3: Meditation, online or offline

4: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

5: Loving Kindness/ Metta

Self-compassion is another great way to relate to our emotions more gently. Some individuals find a mantra to repeat to help cultivate a sense of warmth and love towards oneself. Many people enjoy practicing self-compassion through meditation. 

One popular self-compassion meditation is called loving-kindness meditation, or “metta.” There are also meditations to soothe the body, such as progressive muscle relaxation. These meditations can be accessed online through recordings, apps, and videos.

Mindfulness On Desktop:

Check out some popular channels on YouTube. Three examples are listed below:

Mindfulness On Mobile:

Whether you have an iPhone or Android, there are several paid and free mobile apps you can download to help you incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. 

Check out 5 of the most popular options available on the App Store and Google Play:

5: Stop Breathe & Think

Reflect is dedicated to sparking open and honest conversations. I believe it is important to speak candidly to others about the raw and difficult emotions we are experiencing. We are all grappling with emotions at various volumes and frequencies.

As loving-kindness meditations explain, suffering is universal. Challenging times like the current COVID-19 pandemic only further highlight this point. It can be difficult to know who to turn to during uncertain times. Often, we might hold back out of fear of causing others more pain. 

I urge you, now more than ever, to take that leap of faith. Reach out to someone close to you. Spark this type of conversation. Lend an ear to support someone else. 

As Reflect has so poignantly stated, it would behoove us to view this time as one of “physical distancing,” rather than “social distancing.” We all want to continue to feel connected and less alone while doing our best to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Anxiety Coping Strategy #2: Establish a Routine

With many people returning to campus or work in a remote fashion, it can be helpful to establish a new COVID-safe routine. Creating a routine allows us to feel more in control, which in turn may lessen anxiety’s impact.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

At SIOV, our team has been using video conferencing tools like Zoom and Google Hangouts for planning and catching up!

All of these options can provide an opportunity to stay connected. 

COVID-19 Anxiety Coping Strategy #3: Healthy Activities

Finding activities that bring you joy is also important.

Have you tried any of these yet?

I believe that bringing mindful awareness into lives by scheduling a routine is an excellent way to stimulate our senses. 

This content was originally published here.

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