As I continue to try to stay calm with mass panic happening across the globe 🌎 with this pandemic. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post:
I am using mindfulness to train my brain in how it reacts to stress. The more we do these exercises the better we get at them.
Yesterday one of my friends posted on Facebook to start the day off with music – rather than the news! What a great idea!!! So, yesterday, as I got ready for a job interview, and I was waiting until it was late enough in Hawaii to call my daughter-to do my daily well check (she is in isolation in a dorm room – I am not sure if she has the dreaded virus or not). I used music as the focal point of this mindfulness exercise. This 15 minutes of focusing on the music- listening to the rhythm helped keep me present. I wasn’t worrying about getting the job or how my daughter was doing. I was just in that moment of getting ready with the accompaniment of music. It was honestly 15 minutes of pure happiness. What a great way to start my day! One thing I have to add – I try to not let myself think about what the words of the songs mean to me, or when I first heard the song. I just listen and enjoy. Okay- I may have danced around my apartment a bit too!
I can tell you- I did not feel anxious going to my interview like I normally would. I didn’t panic about my daughter’s health- I was able to wait until after my interview to check in on her. Mindfulness does not keep me from ever worrying about my kiddo or the world around me. No- I still worry- but It isn’t swallowing me up whole. And this is key!
I can’t wait to talk to you again tomorrow . How are you coping with all the stress and anxiety?