Looks like now is the perfect time for an isolation-meditation challenge… 

Unless you’ve been living in a silent retreat like Jardeo Leto for the past 12 weeks, you probably know that COVID-19 is spreading, and self-isolation appears to be the key to saving lives. That’s why I’ve created my Isolation Meditation Challenge for you. [READ: Coronavirus And Meditation / Yoga]

If you’ve been wondering what to do while self-isolating because of coronavirus, I have an idea for you. Use this time as an opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice.

It might sound like a crazy time to focus on mindfulness because, hey, we’ve got bigger things going on right now, you know? Crazy thing is: You might as well use your self-isolation period for some self-improvement. After all, the enlightened approach is to take something positive out of everything, and yes, that includes the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, what can you possibly take away from this terrible time in which the virus is spreading? Simple: A better you.

There has never been a time like today. We are all stuck indoors in individual confinement. We can’t go to work. We can’t go out to the yoga studio or meditation studio or even the bar. What the hell are we gonna do?

Let’s use this terrible time as an opportunity to become more mindful, to deepen our practice of yoga and meditation, and perhaps, even to achieve enlightenment.

So, here is my challenge.

My Isolation Meditation Challenge

My isolation meditation challenge is simple but potentially life-changing. During the entire period of your COVID-19 self-isolation, be mindful always [you might want to read my guide to beginning mindfulness before you start].

Why would you want to focus on mindfulness during self-isolation?

Thanks for asking. Actually, there are tons of reasons.

Benefits of mindfulness during isolation

There are big benefits of mindfulness during COVID-19. Not only will mindfulness help your mind, it will actually decrease your risk of getting coronavirus.

One of the biggest reasons for the spread of coronavirus is poor hygiene habits. Doing things like not touching your face, washing your hands, being clean in general, and being aware of the things you are touching, these are all helpful steps for decreasing the spread of COVID-19, according to the World Health Organisation.

Mindfulness improves personal hygiene.

It does this by making you more aware of your actions and your movements. It’s too easy to touch a surface and then touch your face (potentially giving yourself the virus) if you’re not living a mindful, consciously aware lifestyle.

Mindfulness makes you more aware of your action, which gives you control of your hygiene, which is key to preventing the spread of coronavirus according to Sally Bloomfield, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and chairwoman of the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH).

Mindfulness also helps with coronavirus anxiety according to Julie Brefcyznski-Lewis [research assistant professor of neuroscience at West Virginia University].

By practicing mindfulness during self-isolation you will help alleviate the symptoms of COVID-19 anxiety and stimulate the relaxation response, which is beneficial to immune system functioning according to VeryWellMind.

Harvard also recommends using yoga for coronavirus anxiety, so you can add some mindful yoga too.

Plus, by being mindful during self-isolation you will massively improve your conscious awareness, which in itself comes with myriad benefits.

Simply put: There are lots of benefits of being mindful during COVID-19 self-isolation.

What To Do For The Isolation Meditation Challenge

The challenge is simple: During self-isolation, be mindful always.

The goal is to use this period of what is, essentially, solitary confinement to increase your consciousness and develop your mindfulness and meditation practice.

In order to help you achieve this, here are some tips:

1) Familiarise yourself with mindful activities

If you want to be mindful all the time you’re going to need to know how to do your stuff in a mindful way. It’s totally possible to do anything you normally do in the mindful way. Things like cleaning the dishes, washing your hands, eating, exercising, these can all be done mindfully. If you have kids you can get them to be mindful too. I’ve written a guide to this to help you get started [READ: Mindfulness Exercises For Kids And Adults].

2) Practice meditation… a lot

Let’s be real here. There has never been a bigger opportunity to meditate. We’re self isolating at home anyway, unable to go to work, wondering what to do. Might as well meditate, right?

It’s a great time to learn all sorts of different meditation techniques and to spend time meditating. One great way to meditate during self isolation is with a home meditation retreat.

3) Boost your immune system

I’m kinda praying right now that my immune system is up for this challenge. And I’m going to do my all to make sure I’m as fit and healthy as possible so my chances of not getting this disease are as good as possible.

How Through a combination of mindfulness, meditation, and physical exercises like yoga (here’s how to do yoga at home).

With the amount of free time many of us have on our hands, and the fact that we can’t leave the house, we might as well focus on bettering ourselves physically and mentally. By adding yoga to the mindfulness challenge you get to strengthen your body as well as your mind.

You’ll get so much out of this isolation meditation challenge!

I absolutely refuse to cave in and let this be a negative time. Yes, it is a huge challenge for all of us. But it is up to you whether you choose to use this time for better or worse.

We could potentially be in self-isolation for months. And personally, I sure as hell do not want to waste that time just watching the news, because time is too valuable.

Will you take my COVID-19 mindful-self isolation challenge? Leave a comment and remember to subscribe .

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Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.