While there are still no vaccines against the novel Coronavirus, we are witnessing that every day there is a new tip or recommendation that claims it can help us stay healthy.
Some of them make sense, but the majority do not.
However, there is one particular tip that stands out – meditation. [READ: Meditation For COVID-19]
Now, if you are skeptical about it, it is probably because you never tried meditating before, and you are not familiar with all the benefits, but we will explain everything.
Spending Your Time Wisely During Isolation
Coronavirus COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, and so far, more than 200,000 people all over the world have been infected.
The incubation period can last around 14 days, during which you can spread the virus around, without even knowing you are infected. Therefore, the best way to protect ourselves and everyone around us is to practice social distancing and self-isolation.
Staying at home and having so much free time is an excellent way to start doing some new things, like meditating, for example. Since group gatherings are mainly forbidden, you can follow an online class on meditation and start something new that could be helpful.
Meditation Against Coronavirus
In times like these, we all tend to panic or have anxious thoughts from time to time. It is normal because we do not know how and when the pandemic is going to end. A lot of people are spending weeks in quarantine, and that can be nerve-wracking because, after a few days, there is not much to do, especially if you do not have a balcony or a backyard. That is why you should dedicate your time to mindful and calming activities such as meditation.
Here are three reasons why meditation could be the perfect escape and weapon to combat COVID-19.
Meditation Strengthens Your Immune System
COVID-19 mainly attacks those who do not have a strong immune system , and it causes symptoms similar to flu , which can be fatal for elderly people and those who have weak immunity. So right now, you need to strengthen your immune system, and believe it or not, meditation is one way to do it.
Some studies show that this technique has a positive effect on Lymphocytes, which is a type of white blood cell that is involved in the process of producing antibodies. Also, meditation has the power to reduce stress, which is much needed in these times, especially because stress has a negative impact on our immunity.
Meditation Can Alleviate Your Anxiety
Anxiety is one of those modern age conditions, but nowadays, we are all facing anxious thoughts due to the current situation.
Mindfulness meditation is a state of being in the present moment, without overthinking about our future or past, and accepting our thoughts and feelings.
Sit down, pay attention to your breathing, and practice meditation for 5 to 10 minutes if you are new to this. You can slowly upgrade your time to up to 45 minutes or a full hour, one session during the morning hours, and one in the evening, or however it feels comfortable for you.
Focus on your breathing, but do not stress if your mind starts wandering, because that will happen at some point.
Let those thoughts come and pass, and try focusing on your breathing. Our minds are occupied and overwhelmed by so much information, worries, and numbers these days that something like this will help us clear our thoughts and think rationally.
Meditation Improves Emotional Health
Our emotional and mental health is equally important, and we should not neglect them.
Self-isolation can be a real struggle. Not seeing your close ones for an extended period and constantly worrying about the virus will certainly impact your emotional health. Meditating regularly can help you achieve balance and find an inner peace that will help you stay calm.
Meditation in the Age of Coronavirus for Beginners
If you have never tried something like this, it is okay to be a bit skeptical at first, and perhaps you won’t be able to tell immediately if it is really “working.”
Meditating does not do wonders overnight. You have to have some faith in the process and be persistent. Therefore we have some tips for those who are trying meditation for the first time.
- Find an app that will guide you. Like we said, as a beginner, you do not know a lot, and since in the age of social distancing, you cannot go to a group session, you need to rely on online resources such as Youtube videos and apps.
- Give yourself some time. Training your brain can be harder than training your muscles, so you have to be patient and consistent.
- Make it a habit. Try meditating every day at the same time and turn it into your daily routine. Start with short sessions and then slowly prolong them, but always do it around the same time.
- Enjoy it. Find a cozy corner in your home, a comfortable pillow or blanket, wear something comfortable, or light a candle and play relaxing music that will put you in the right mood.
Steps You Should Take to Protect Yourself
Even in home isolation, you should make sure everything is clean and disinfected because this virus can survive on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to three days. Since during isolation you will be spending a lot of time indoors, we recommend the following tips:
- Use disinfecting wipes to clean all frequently used surfaces.
- Wash all the rugs and drapes at the highest recommended temperature.
- Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds or more.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching your face.
- Avoid close contact with elderly people since they are the most vulnerable group.
We recommend following the World Health Organisation’s guide.
Meditating Your Way Through This
Everyone needs to find their way of handling this situation because it will last for some time, and meditating can help with that a lot, but you should also continue practicing it even after this crisis is over. It is not a vaccine against Coronavirus, but it is something that will help you overcome this period and boost your immunity. So stay home and reach the Zen state of mind.
Selena Thomas is a content writer who loves sharing tips on healthy lifestyles. A writer by day and a reader by night, she’s fond of writing articles that can help people in improving both physical and mental health. Also, she loves traveling and inspires people on her blogs.