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The coronavirus has many of us preoccupied with how to avoid getting sick and what the future holds. We’re stressed. We’re stuck in a worry loop of anxious thoughts. We could use some mindfulness in our daily lives.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a known expert in mindfulness-based stress reduction, defines mindfulness as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.” Mindfulness can help us stop our mind’s constant chatter about COVID-19. It can help us center our thoughts and be in the moment.
What are some ways we can use mindfulness in our daily lives to cope with the pandemic?
Using your five senses
Grounding in your body
Mindfulness of daily activities
Keep in mind, during these activities you may notice anxious thoughts still pop into your head, and that is okay. The work with mindfulness is noticing these things without focusing on them and letting them pass, then re-focusing on the activity at hand.
If you or a member of your family would benefit from working with a therapist, please contact Linden Oaks Behavioral Health at 630-305-5027 for a free behavioral health assessment.
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