Friday, April 17, 2020

3 Ways Mindfulness Can Help in Crisis Situations (guest post)

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by Catharine Hannay, guest post at the Center for Adolescent Studies blog

These are challenging times for all of us. We each have a unique set of circumstances, depending on our family situation, the nature of our work, and the conditions in our local communities. On the other hand, there are a few themes that are pretty much universal at this point: confusion, distress, and lack of control.
 In addition to all that we’re dealing with in our own work and in our own personal lives, every day the news brings us some new form of tragedy. The last straw for me is the locusts devastating crops in East Africa. A plague of locusts? During Passover? Seriously?!  
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed. At times like these, it’s crucial to practice mindfulness. It may not do anything to stop the locusts, but it can stop the swirl of anxious thoughts from getting more and more out of control. Rather than feeling like a mind-full mess, we can focus with full-mindedness on whatever is most important for us to deal with at the present time... 
1) Moving from Confusion to Clarity   
In the past few weeks, we’ve all seen plenty of examples of people not responding calmly or not having a clear sense of priorities. A friend told me some of the teachers at her school were arguing about how many points to take off if kids weren’t in uniform. When they appeared on camera. From their homes. After the entire curriculum was converted to online learning. In a single week. During an unprecedented global pandemic. Need I say more?  
...If you’ve been feeling anxious and overwhelmed lately, there are a variety of ways to clear your head by focusing on the present moment. Meditation is one way, but there are a lot of other options. Here are a couple of my favorites: 

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