With difficult news on COVID-19 now part of our daily experience, and our vast NYU community now limited to screen-only connections, it's more important than ever that we continue to engage, together, with the tools that have always helped us navigate uncertain times. All of MindfulNYU's programming has moved online for the spring semester, so you can now sit in a group mediation or take a yoga class through Zoom, or even schedule a virtual meeting with a chaplain. And on this page, we'll share a few quick tips from experts Melissa Carter and Yael Shy to try each week.
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Create a compassionate “discernment dialogue” with yourself. Experts estimate we have 60k-80k thoughts a day. They can’t all be true to what is. In moments of tension or anxiety can you ask yourself “Is this thought helpful?” Honestly answer! If it is helpful, keep following it. If it does not support your sense of peace and calm, take a deep breath and offer that part of you love and compassion as you let it go and focus on breathing in a mantra or word that brings you a sense of calm. We are in a confusing and emotional time right now and should all be gentle with ourselves as we move through it.
Gamify your daily water intake with you and your family! Put a note on the fridge that can be checked off every time someone drinks at least an 8 ounce glass of water. Try and check off at least 8 glasses a day. Who ever gets to 8 first...WINS! Staying hydrated will help regulate your body temperature, produce more cognitive clarity, stabilize energy levels and keep needed nutrients in your cells.
Now is a great time to nurture your relationship with your community AND your faith! Offer yourself time everyday to touch and visit with your faith either through prayer, meditation, listening to your favorite faith leader online, a nature soundscape, an inspirational podcast and/or joining a faith group study! Get creative and make your spiritual hygiene part of your daily routine/schedule. Staying connected to your spiritual health is one way to stay grounded in faith and connected within. Faith, not your thing? Committing to daily reflection around your needs and inner world can be a great source of comfort as you find balance in these difficult times.
Set up a daily routine or schedule for your daily tasks and self care. Having a routine can help alleviate stress and anxiety. It offers you more agency throughout your day as you create new habits in a time of uncertainty.
MOVE with a timer! Take movement breaks throughout your day. A 20 minute break to stretch, dance, walk, jump on the bed (just be careful!) offers the mind time to rest and be at ease. Sprinkle in some movement breaks throughout your day with music or a virtual talk with a friend! It will move around stagnant energy within the body helping you to regulate your nervous system.
Set up “Spirit Virtual Check In dates” with someone that reminds you of your innate goodness, compassion, and humanness. Being real with yourself and others in a time of uncertainty is crucial to feeling supported and a sense of peace. Setting up regular check-ins with someone you trust and can be your authentic self with nurtures connection, community, and a space to share ideas on how to uplift oneself and others.