At a time when there’s so much fear and anxiety around us. it’s more important than ever to have the tools to remain calm in the center of the storm. One tool we all have is our breath. Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which counters the fight of flight response that the current crisis continuously activates.

Sometimes, just reminding yourself to breathe may be enough to calm yourself. I actually have a bracelet that reminds me to do this when I get super stressed! But one of the best ways to calm yourself is through meditation. Even just a few minutes can make a tremendous difference.

I recently came across a brief guided Staying Calm – Covid Meditation by Dr. Elyse Bialylew, a doctor trained in psychiatry and author of the bestselling mindfulness meditation book, The Happiness Plan*. I found it soothing and find myself using it whenever I get agitated throughout the day.

Click here to listen to the Staying Calm – Covid Meditation.

If you aren’t already using Insight Timer, I encourage you to download the app. It’s free and contains a wealth of helpful meditations and courses.

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5 Comments on Sunday Quotes: Staying Calm

  1. Calming the storm is similar to calming any mishap in our lives beyond our control. What comes about unexpectedly from nature or other people that has an affect upon us is way beyond our control. We can voice our opinions, join groups to talk about the happenings or work to put our minds and bodies into a state of relaxation. That’s why our personal surroundings such as family members, friends, and our beloved animal friends can actually help us to try an accept what seems to be the unacceptable. Until, we can grasp a place of peace and tranquility to hold onto.

  2. Thank you for the reminder and the resources.
    I really like Insight Timer as well. I recently found Andrew Johnson’s guided meditations while having some anxiety/sleeplessness in the middle of the night.

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