News channels, social media and WhatsApp forwards have flooded our lives with information on the coronavirus pandemic. Even dinner table conversations are no different. While it is important to stay informed with what’s happening in your country and around the world, this overflow of information from all sources can produce anxiety and panic.
It is necessary to stay calm during this situation. We know you can’t step out to distract your mind with shopping or watching movies, thus it’s important to make meditation a part of your morning routine to calm your mind and relax.
Here’s how you can do it…
- Start small
- Make it a part of your morning routine
- Choose a technique that works for you
- Do a guided meditation
- Take a bath to relax your mind
- Declutter your mind by writing
- Listen to some music
Sitting still and trying to calm your mind is not easy, especially when there’s so much going on. Just like you can’t do an intense workout the first day itself, you won’t be able to meditate for too long the first few days. Start by simply focusing on your breath, take long, deep breathes for a minute or two. On the weekends you can extend it up to 10 minutes.
Make it a part of your morning routine
The best time to meditate is at the start of your day — when your mind is clear. Dedicate a few minutes after you wake up to meditation and you will feel a lot calmer throughout the day.
Choose a technique that works for you
While most meditation techniques involve deep breathing and focus, they are not the only ones. You can try other forms of meditation as well. If praying makes you feel relaxed, do that, if visualising a certain happy moment in your life makes you positive, replay it in your mind.
Do a guided meditation
If you don’t know how to start or where to start, simply opt for a guided meditation; they work great for beginners. You can easily find these guided meditations on YouTube and meditation apps. Always use a good pair of earphones to prevent yourself from getting distracted by surrounding noise.
Take a bath to relax your mind
Now that you are working from home, shower timings may have gone for a toss. But it is important to take a bath in the morning; the cleansing ritual relaxes your mind. You can enrich this experience by putting some essential oils to your bathwater and lighting some candles to further relax your mind and body.
Declutter your mind by writing
Right now, there are about 50 tabs open in your mind and that makes it difficult to focus on one thing or even feel relaxed. You don’t need to clutter your mind with so much information. Simply pick a pen and paper and write down anything that comes to your mind. Once you’ve finished writing a page full of thoughts, you will feel a lot more relaxed.
Listen to some music
Music is therapeutic; listen to songs that you heard growing up, your favourite playlist or sounds of nature. It will put you in a better mood instantly and distract you from all the unnecessary information.