Fear and anxiety about the new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health mandates, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Further, our emotional health can have a profound effect on our physical health. Your physical body is not a separate entity from your emotional experience. Emotions & happen in isolation and it has also been shown that consistent negative emotions can have a damaging effect on the immune system and the inflammatory system. The good news is finding 10 minutes to practice the daily routine of meditation will help you feel better and strengthen your emotional state. Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada found that meditating for just 10 minutes a day was enough to see significant results. As long as it is done consistently, sitting still and breathing deeply for just 10 minutes can help you concentrate better throughout the day. Additional benefits include:
Whether you simply want to calm your mind or experience deep inner transformation, adding a 10 minute meditation to your daily routine can help you manage your stress and enhance your emotional and physical wellbeing.
Dr. E is a Licensed professional counselor, certified coach, and founder of The Parent Pilot an “all things parenting” organization that helps parents successfully navigate the turbulent, but joyous years of parenting.
Children form their own a self- concept, or picture of themselves, largely from the messages they get from others. Because parents and family are usually the most important people in the child's life, their messages are particularly powerful. The picture of self that forms in the early years will change throughout life, but the initial picture is crucial because it lays the foundation for relationships and attitudes toward how they will learn, grow and see the world.
In a rapidly changing world, loss of daily routine, isolation, and uncertainty can all lead to anxiety, fear, depression, and loneliness. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make you feel out of control and make it unclear what to do. When you feel this way, your children may feel it too — and their emotions play off how you are feeling. Talking to them about what is going on can be challenging.