Stress is present in our lives every day. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic most people are experiencing
an increased level of stress. Some of the reasons for this increased stress include:
Uncertainty about being safe, will I or someone I love contract COVID-19. If so will they die or have long term effects.
Uncertainty about the future: will I lose my job, will my children be able to return to school, when will I be able to see my family and more.
Isolation due to quarantine.
Things are just harder than they used to be.
The political situation may be a source of stress.
Increased demands at work.
Working at home can have it's own challenges
And many more things
There are strategies that people can use to manage stress:
Connection with other people
Another way to manage stress is Mindfulness. According to Mindfulness org. mindfulness is:
"basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us."
I have put together a brief guide to Mindfulness. I have gathered information from:
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Handbook, Stahl and Goldstein, 2010
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/gratitude
Kaiser Permanente: https://wa-health.kaiserpermanente.org/best-meditation-apps/
Therapist Aid: therapistaid.com
Here are several individual handouts that can be downloaded. I also include a packet of all the handouts
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness and your body
Developing a Mindfulness practice
Mindfulness, Stress reduction and Emotion management
Loving Kindness Meditation
Meditation and Mindfulness Apps for iOS and Android – reviewed by Kaiser Permanente
Free, online tracks for guided meditation
Progressive muscle relaxatiom
Entire packet - all the above handouts in one document
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