Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ve been following the COVID-19 outbreak that has been messing up everything from graduation ceremonies to executive meetings. This virus has truly impacted nearly every aspect of life for people around the world. Without being able to socialize the same way we are normally able to, it can be incredibly difficult to manage stress.
While a lot of people turn to, well, other people when they are trying to destress, our current situation of social isolation and stay-at-home orders has made this nearly impossible. While mobile phone apps like Zoom, FaceTime, and Facebook make it easy to see people halfway around the world, these interactions are nowhere near as meaningful as they can be in person. It can also be harder to call someone up to talk about a stressful situation than it would be to meet up with them and talk it out in person.
With that said, people have been looking for new ways to help themselves destress and unwind while also staying socially distant and isolated from each other. One of these methods is meditation. Meditation can help you remain in the present moment, allowing you to deal with any negative feelings and emotions you may have and clearing your mind can be great ways to face stressful situations and come out of them feeling empowered and relaxed.
It can also be one of the best ways to self-reflect and think about how you can make your current situation better. It also has the ability to increase your level of self-awareness in any situation, which comes with a long list of benefits. Among these are higher emotional intelligence, better listening skills, improved critical-thinking skills, better decision making, and more.
Though it can seem extremely difficult to find the time to meditate, if there’s one thing we have a surplus of right now it is time. Studies have shown that almost any amount of meditation can be beneficial and, like all habits, once you add it to your daily routine it won’t feel like work at all. You’ll be happy to do it and almost certainly see some major benefits even if you start with just a few minutes a day. Adding more time with each session or each week often becomes easier and easier.
The situation we have all been placed in right now has not only made everyday tasks, like going to the grocery store, much more stressful than they normally are, but it has made it nearly impossible to get the same amount of in-person interactions as you would on a regular basis. Not only can meditation help you think and reflect on the current situation, and what you can do to make the best of it, it can have benefits that extend well beyond the end date of this upside-down world we have started to become accustomed to.