Ease coronavirus anxiety with yoga & meditation

The current pandemic has many people feeling anxious and depressed due to the unknowns that accompany this virus. Many people have had to close their businesses and are worried what their financial futures will look like. Some people are concerned about the health and safety of their loved ones. And the entire world is adjusting to a new way of life.

 

During this frightening time, it’s crucial to check in on yourself. How are you doing mentally and physically? If the answer to either or both of these is ‘not well,’ try practicing yoga and meditation.

 

According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga has several physical and mental health benefits. Physically, yoga can increase flexibility and muscle strength, improve respiration, energy and athletic performance, maintain a balanced metabolism, serve as cardio, reduce weight, and protect against injury. Mentally, yoga’s inclusion of meditation and breathing helps manage stress and create mental calmness. 

 

While you’re staying home, create a space in your home where you can destress and practice yoga. To help get into a Zen state of mind, practice in a clean room with dim lighting and a soothing candle. Lay down a yoga mat or towel, download comforting music or watch a yoga video, and let your mind drift away from any anxieties you are feeling. Forget about COVID-19 — even if just for a few minutes.

 

Here are some free yoga resources to check out during quarantine:

 

Google yoga videos, sit in child’s pose for an hour, take some deep breaths, watch yogis on Instagram lives — whatever helps you keep calm!

 

Also, check out this cool, free Coronavirus Sanity Guideby Ten Percent Happier, featuring podcasts, meditations, talks and blogs to help people get through this pandemic sanely.

 

Stay health, stay safe, stay sane!