Washington—Hopkins offers free classes in mindfulness for anxiety to its community.
Hopkins is currently giving free classes in using mindfulness for anxiety to its community. Classes are led by Neda Gould, [Director, Mindfulness Program at Johns Hopkins]. Guided meditations are given three times a week to help participants handle anxiety.
Neda Gould is concerned about the growing levels of anxiety around the U.S. In order to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety she is offering free mindfulness classes. This is just one of the many free meditation and yoga classes being given around the world in response to COVID-19 [READ: Meditation & Yoga For COVID-19].
Hopkins’ Mindfulness For Anxiety Classes Offer Expert Tuition
Arguably no other free class has guide the quality of tutor as this one. Gould is an assistant professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of its Mindfulness Program. She has many years experience teaching mindfulness at the university’s Homewood campus. And now she is offering free lessons in mindfulness to help with anxiety and stress and reduce the growing fears surrounding COVID-19. [READ: Anxiety Meditation Technique].
“In times of uncertainty, our brain can get so consumed by potential catastrophes that it can be overwhelming,” Gould said. “In the current crisis, with news that’s on your mind all the time, I think it’s important to have a tool that helps manage that.”
Gould makes an important point here. For while we are all susceptible to stress, we do have the choice of how frequently we engage with news programs. Watching too much TV and excessive cellphone use can cause anxiety. And even though it is natural to want to know what is happening around the world, especially at the moment, it is also important to take breaks from the news to relax the mind [READ: benefits of quitting TV].
Hopkins’ mindfulness for anxiety classes started last Tuesday. At half-an-hour long, the classes offer a perfect little break to help relax the mind and reduce stress. Classes are hosted on Zoom (which is rapidly becoming the go-to place for free meditation and yoga classes). Sessions are at 8am., noon, and 5pm, and all are welcome.
Gould uses the 30-minute mindfulness sessions to encourage different things. The focus of different classes include gratitude, relaxation, and anxiety.
“If you think about anxiety, it’s future oriented, and so it’s getting you stuck in a cycle of thoughts and catastrophic thinking,” Gould said. “Mindfulness allows you to have a little bit of space from the constant narrative of the mind.”
Classes currently average 20 to 50 participants. And Gould states that the lessons will continue for as long as there is public need (which right now, could be a long time!).
Gould recommends using routines and structuring your day. This is imperative at the moment, when most people’s home and work lives have been turned upside down because of the pandemic. She also recommends taking frequent breaks in order to give the mind enough time to relax. She reminds everyone that feeling anxious is completely normal, but that we are in control of how we react to that anxiety.
You can take the free mindfulness for anxiety classes via John Hopkins.