Mindfulness Meditation Tips for Calming Coronavirus Anxiety

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As we face stressful situations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to focus on what matters and ways to take care of ourselves and each other. Luckily, Roots & Shoots National Youth Leader Maggie O. wanted to share her tips for finding space and time to be mindful. If you’re able, wherever you are and however you are dealing with this crisis, we hope you’re able to use Maggie’s tips and can pass them along to others!

Written by Roots & Shoots NYLC Member Maggie O. Get to know more about Maggie here.

My name is Maggie O. and I’m a member of the Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council. I’m also a certified yoga teacher! I use yoga and meditation to help youth in my community gain tools to manage stress and anxiety. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all that’s happening in our world right now, you’re not alone! However, during this time, easing stress is possible. I’d like to share something that may be helpful in doing just that: mindfulness meditation!

Meditation sounds like a confusing and scary thing, but it’s really simple. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on your breath in order to let the racing thoughts of the mind fade away. Here are 3 simple steps to meditating for the first time.

Step 1: Find a comfortable seat.

Step 2: Focus on your breath. Try placing one hand on your stomach and one on your chest to notice the movement of your breath.

Step 3: Follow your breath for 2 minutes. Whenever your mind wanders, come back to your inhales and exhales. As you focus on your breathing, your worries and anxiety will take a backseat, giving you some relief from this crazy world!

Namaste!

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Ashley Sullivan is the Associate Director of Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is currently a Master's of Science Candidate for Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including nearly 10 years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking programs, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to change hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.