Thanks to the ever-increasing coronavirus pandemic, the worsening climate crisis and a future that’s uncertain both economically and environmentally, it’s safe to say these are very trying and hard times that could lead to anxiety, stress and worry unlike any other for many people.
Furthermore, the majority of America is also being encouraged, even advised, to stay indoors to practice self-isolation and social distancing, right smack in the middle of a time where we need to be there for each other the most.
Suffice it to say now’s a very worrying time to be in, but it doesn’t always have to be this way. This is because while staying at home for an extended period of time can induce cabin fever and make people more likely to argue, it can also be used to cultivate a habit that can help you improve both mentally and emotionally: meditation.
And it’s not just hearsay since various studies over the years have spoken about health benefits of meditation, which can help relieve you of both worry and stress while improving your focus and memory at the same time. For example, a study made by researchers from New York University found that 15 minutes of meditation a day for eight weeks can help reduce fatigue and anxiety. Another study published in the journal Behavioral Brain Research last year showed that guided meditation can also help improve the mood and overall well-being of a person.
“Even relatively short daily meditation practice can have similar behavioral effects as longer duration and higher-intensity mediation practices,” the paper about the study reads.
The key to this, according to experts, is not how long you can sit still without doing anything, but how you can consistently integrate it into your everyday life. This is because being able to do so puts you in control.
So this quarantine period, set aside around 15 minutes a day to find a quiet place to meditate and do some self-reflection. You might discover new things about yourself you never know about, and at the very least, you give your brain some needed rest and release.