Watching the news or reading about the Coronavirus pandemic is a very stressful way to start your day. It’s even more stressful if you, a family member, friend or a co-worker is sick. Here are 9 simple stress-reducing tips to help keep you calm during this chaos.
1. Take Four Deep Calming Breaths
This tip is probably the easiest and most powerful thing you can do to keep yourself calm. Begin each day by taking four deep breaths. Close your eyes, relax, inhale through your nose and exhale deeply through your mouth. Do this four times after you wake up while lying in bed, or when sitting or standing in a quiet place. Make it a part of your daily routine until it becomes a habit. Pay attention to your breathing throughout the day, especially when you feel anxious, stressed out at work or sitting in traffic.
What an amazing gift Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave to attendees of Dreamforce at this year’s annual tech conference in San Francisco, CA. He personally invited 24 monks and nuns from Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region of southern France, founded by Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hahn, to teach daily mindfulness walking and sitting meditations. Only in California!
Like Marc, I truly believe in the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. I’m always looking for ways to deepen my meditation practice and learn more. So what did I learn from the monks?
Does today’s fast-changing technology, non-stop barrage of information and “always on” social media make your head spin? You’re not alone. It seems almost impossible to keep up with everything and everyone these days. Juggling work, family, personal life – and an epidemic of multi-tasking and constant busyness in our lifestyles has become the norm. Even while on vacation, how many can’t resist texting, checking emails, or posting on social? It’s no surprise that stress levels are through the roof.
So how do you deal with all this noise, disruption and technology-related stress?