5 Reasons Why Mindfulness Can Help You Cope with a Pandemic
The weight of this global pandemic has triggered an increase in symptoms of anxiety
and depression for so many people. We have needed to quickly adapt and adjust to many layers of change all at once.
It is very important for each of us to actively and intentionally manage the extra levels of stress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. I recommend the practice of mindfulness as one of the top coping strategies during this time for 5 specific reasons.
Many people ask what mindfulness is. The definition is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. In short, it's being aware of your feelings and thoughts in the present moment without judgement.
Practicing mindfulness can change your brain by helping you to focus on the task at hand instead of being jerked around by your thoughts.
By practicing mindfulness....
1. You can experience an enhanced ability to cope with daily stress
2. You can strengthen your ability to deal with illness
3. You can feel more connected to yourself and others
4. You can lower your levels of anxiety
5. You can experience a decrease in depressive symptoms
If you are feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on your emotional or physical health, you are not alone.
Learning to use mindfulness as a preventative tool as well as an agent for improved well-being will equip you to effectively handle the impact of this global pandemic.
I would love the opportunity to dive further into the practice of mindfulness with you. Call Sheilah Ledesma, LCSW at 954.391.5305 to schedule your first session, I look forward to connecting with you!