As the whole world is passing through the tough phase of COVID-19 that creates a physical and psychological impact on human bodies. Traditional systems of yoga and meditation are one of the best ways to improve physical and mental health during these tough times. The role of meditation to manage stress plays a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the previous article, we have discussed 5 tips to boost the immune system during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we are throwing some light on the role of meditation to manage stress and anxiety during the covid-19 Pandemic. Since fear of coronavirus is much deadlier than the virus itself and this fear used to create a huge negative impact on the human mindset. It spreads negativity and fears nothing else that makes the overall immune system weak.
Role of Meditation to manage stress and negative thoughts during covid-19 pandemic
The whole world has been adversely impacted by coronavirus or covid-19 including superpowers like the USA and Russia. Several leading medical schools in the US including Harvard medical school has recommended yoga, meditation, and controlled breathing exercises to reduce anxiety and stress related to the novel coronavirus that is spreading all across the world.
Fear of COVID-19 virus is creating fear, stress, anxiety, and different kind of chaos among individuals which is affecting their mental health badly.
So how to overcome stress, fear, and anxiety? Yoga and meditation are some of the best ways to overcome this.
Due to fear and stress lack of sleep, loss of appetite, negative thoughts are common that leads to weak immune system and vulnerability to sickness
Practicing Yoga, meditation, and pranayamas are some of the healthy ways to boost the immune system during the covid-19 pandemic.
What is Meditation?
According to Wikipedia: “Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state”
Meditation is one of the best ways to connect with the inner self and it helps to relax the whole mind and body. It helps to keep the mind focused and stays away from external distractions and negative thoughts.
During covid-19 times most of people are uncertain about their lives,jobs, livelihood, etc. They may be anxious about catching the virus or worried about family and friends getting sick or catching the same.
So in this period of uncertainty start to practice meditation for at least 10-15mins on a daily basis. It helps to keep your mind and body calm and remove negative thoughts from the mind. It brings real happiness in life and integrates heart with the mind that helps to make better decisions.
How Meditation Helps to build Immunity
Continuous exposure to stress, negative news around makes the immune system weak and fills the mind with negative thoughts. There were several studies conducted in the past that people with negative emotions prone to catch the common cold fast as compared to people with positive thoughts. It shows that dealing with stress and negative thoughts helps us to keep our immune system strong. And meditation is one of the best ways to deal with the same.
In the case of coronavirus, individuals are getting mostly panic because of watching constant news and paying attention to rumors regarding covid -19 virus. So its must learn how to master your mind with meditation in these tough times of covid-19
Having proper mental balance is a must to keep immunity strong to combat against coronavirus. There were several studies conducted and demonstrates that meditation helps to boost the immune system and helps to reduce stress and anxiety in a better manner.
How to Practice Meditation?
Practicing meditation is good. But most of the time people use to get confuse how to start with it. One of the best ways is to start with just close your eyes for 5-10 mins during the early morning and focus on your heart. This will help to get calmer and focused.
So start practicing meditation on a daily basis to keep your mind and body calm. There are several kinds of meditation techniques are available but the end goal of all techniques is the same to make your mind and body relax and get soothing experience with inner peace.
Each style of meditation is unique and some of them put more emphasis on deep breathing (such as Pranayama) and on relaxation (such as Yoga Nidra)—and, this will help to strengthen your immune system in a better way.
To try different mediation practices there are various youtube channels and websites like heartfulness, mindfulness, the art of living, etc. that have instructional guides and resources to help you out to meditate.
In a nutshell, meditation helps you to improve will power of the body that makes mind and body strong which boosts the overall immune system. Since the immune system is a must to fight against viruses and other diseases.
One famous Quote by Sri Chinmoy “Meditation means the recognition or discovery of one’s own true self”.It is one of the best ways to connect with the inner self and helps to achieve a certain level of consciousness.
Coronavirus or covid-19 is a highly contagious and serious thing and it’s spreading all across the world. Till now there is no vaccine or proof treatment available. Apart from taking all necessary precautions like taking proper nutritious diet, maintaining social distancing, covering face and mouth with good quality masks, following proper hygiene, avoid unnecessary traveling, etc.
Meditation, Pranayam,yoga are some of the best ways to boost the immune system. since the impact of coronavirus is much more on the human mind and psychology that generates stress, fear, anxiety that brings body immunity down.
So apart from taking all necessary precautions to fight against the covid-19 pandemic, we need to make our immune system strong and to deal with negative emotions (stress, fear, anxiety)to achieve proper mental balance.
Meditation will definitely help you to overcome all negativity and stressful things.
MEDITATION —> Strong will power= strong mind = strong immune system = good health = peace of mind.