Stay Home, Stay Well: Mindfulness and Meditation as a Resource
Written by: Kristen Luft
During times of stress, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy habits to cope. Eating junk food, drinking alcohol, or avoiding your daily tasks might make you feel better short-term, but aren’t sustainable habits in the long run. However, there are some things you can do to improve your mental wellbeing now.
Taking the time out of your day to practice mindfulness or meditation is a good way to center yourself. According to helpguide.org, mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention to the present moment, and accepting it as it is. Mindfulness practice allows you to focus on things like your breathing, emotions, or bodily sensations, placing you in a more relaxed state that naturally relieves stress and lowers blood pressure. It’s no wonder then, that mindfulness is a helpful supplemental treatment for mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
In honor of mental health month, NAMI Wake is providing a free 6-week virtual mindfulness class hosted by our volunteer, Pallavi Jois, a local mindfulness meditation teacher. The class begins Friday, May 8th and will start at at 7pm. To register please click here.
Pallavi will also be offering Lunchtime Meditation videos on Tuesdays at 12:30pm where parents and children can learn easy techniques to reduce anxiety. To find these weekly videos, please visit our Facebook page on Tuesday afternoons.
We hope these resources are helpful to you and your family and wish you the best in your journey to practicing mindfulness!
Stay Home, Stay Well is NAMI Wake’s new blog and video series focused on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In our attempt to create a more mentally healthy community, we will be providing resources each week. We know this is a difficult time in everyone’s lives right now. Our hope is that you find helpful tips, information, and resources in this series on how to stay mentally well at home.