Meditative Walking to Calm Anxiety Over COVID-19
Friday, April 03, 2020
COVID-19 isn’t only making people sick, it’s infecting our psyche with anxiety and fear. As individuals, we cannot control this pandemic (although we can help slow its progression by following stay-at-home orders), but we can manage our reactions to it.
Meditation is a relaxation practice that can keep our thoughts and feelings in the present moment. While meditating, you are not ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. It trains us to be mindful —aware of each moment without the soundtrack of judgement running in our heads. NewBridge Services will present a different meditation practice each day for the next five days. Today’s topic is meditative walking.
While COVID-19 has restricted many outdoor activities, you may go for walks as long as you keep a distance from other people. In meditative walking, you walk slowly and steadily, paying close attention to what you see, hear, smell and feel. Spend a few minutes isolating your attention to each sense in turn. Afterward, use all your senses together. You will likely feel more connected to your environment. You can also listen to guided walking meditations apps.
If you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, please contact NewBridge Services at (973) 316-9333. NewBridge, a community provider of mental health care for 57 years, now offers telehealth sessions. NewBridge’s skilled, licensed counselors can help people cope with:
- Anxiety, depression and other mental health problems
- Grief and trauma
- Relationship challenges
- Anger management