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 Odom 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 Munday Odom. Get to know more about Maggie here.

My name is Maggie Munday Odom 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 Community Engagement Specialist at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Biology. She has a varied background including conservation, art, communications, digital media, design, photography, and documentary filmmaking. Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the need for storytelling. Through growing understanding and empathy, she believes it is possible to ignite positive change, every day.