Meditation can help calm your pandemic worries. Here’s how to start a practice at home.

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Meditation can help calm your pandemic worries. Here’s how to start a practice at home.

by Kelly O’Shea, Updated: June 3, 2020, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Meditation can help calm your pandemic worries. Here’s how to start a practice at home.
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As the Philadelphia area moves toward reopening after weeks of stay-at-home orders to contain the spread of COVID-19, one thing is clear: this summer will look much different than in years passed.

Though we will soon be lifting many restrictions, our routines will still be disrupted in all sorts of ways, and there is much we don’t know about the future. Will there be a second wave of COVID-19 cases? When will a vaccine be available? Will schools open in the fall?

Take a deep breath. These questions could go unanswered for months. That’s why it’s important right now to focus on improving your mental health and learning how to accept the uncertainty of the future. Meditation is a great way to do that.

“Because we aren’t able to give ourselves a break in the way that we normally would, such as by going out to a restaurant, now is a good time to spend some time with yourself and use that as a way to support you,” said Michael Baime, a physician and director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

If you’re new to meditation and mindfulness practices, Baime shared tips for how to get started at home and common pitfalls to avoid: Read more