Covid-19 has had a big impact on people’s mental health, with stress and anxiety becoming increasingly common. However we often fail to recognise and manage it, brushing it under the carpet, or we try to have a postive approach to life and don’t deal with it.
A way to ground yourself to the present moment is by being mindful, which helps you to move past unhealthy emotions.
One mindfulness technique is the 3-3-3 rule:
First sit comfortably, feet on the floor, then breathe slowly and deeply.
Next name three sounds you hear. Move three parts of your body — your fingers, shoulders, and then feet. Now say out loud three things you can see.
Next name the feeling you are feeling, eg 'I am feeling very anxious'. Next say outloud 'It is O.K. to feel this feeling'.
Now, imagine planting a seed, a seed of calm, in the ground, watering it, and watching it grow.
This may all sound very strange, but if you have an open mind, and keep doing this technique (breathe, 3-3-3 rule, planting a seed of calm), you may be surprised at how quickly you can move past your anxiety.