Both mindfulness and meditation are used to help people who feel anxious or have low mood and even chronic pain.
These meditations are specifically focussed on managing stress and anxiety during this crisis.
Take a look at Headspace too. Both have free resources that you can use any number of times, with options to have their paid content later if you wish.
The Mind Website, also has some ideas about exercises to get you started
Things to do to Improve Wellbeing
Here are other ways to improve wellbeing.
Ring someone you haven’t spoken to for some time. Better than an annual Christmas Card.
Ring someone you know lives alone and have a chat. Try to talk about something other than the pandemic!
Pass a friendly hour and a half having a socially distanced chat with our Circles of Six – Available Online or In Person
When you go out for a walk, maybe take some good strong gloves and a strong binbag and litter pick.
Caring for neighbours
Organise a group of neighbours to take care of others who may need shopping or other errands. We have a pack of resources if you are interested in organising a local group to safely run errands for those who are unable to go out. Just email us and we will send you out some tips.
If you enjoy sewing, maybe you could stitch some face coverings – the local surgeries are still gratefully receiving these which they are offering in exchange for donations for the Hospice in the Weald. Or maybe you could make some for friends and family. Here are some links for instructions how to make two different styles.
Two of our local sewing heroes, both called Liz(!) have shared links which show how to make different styles of simple cotton masks. These are not of course clinical PPE. Nonetheless, they will serve the purposes of helping to keep our huffs and puffs, coughs and sneezes to ourselves.
Plant some bulbs – hope for the Springtime
Visitors to the garden we are allowed
Put up some bird feeders outside your window and see who comes. This link shows how to make your own
Roosters Pet Store has a whole range of seeds and nuts. The birds will love your garden.