As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the globe, more people are feeling anxiety and stress with uncertainty in this time of crisis. Now more than ever it’s important to take care of our wellbeing, by not only following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but by also taking care of our mental and physical health.

Studies have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact your health from reducing stress, controlling anxiety, enhancing self awareness, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure and much more. When it comes to a crisis, we can’t always control what’s happening in the world around us, but we can change how we react to it.

Below we’ve listed several meditation and exercise resources to help you and your loved ones during challenging times. Take 5-10 minutes a day to just to be still, focus on your breath, and let go of thoughts as they pass through your mind.

Meditation Resources

Physical Fitness Resources

Regular exercise is a great way to relieve stress and is important for maintaining good health. While many health clubs have announced temporary closures, you can still continue to exercise daily with a variety of at-home workouts. This is a great opportunity to try out new workouts if you’ve been getting tired of your routine.

Whether you are a front line caregiver or staying at home practicing social distancing, we are all in this together!

*Resources Compiled By: Carlie Galloway, LCSW, Caroline Sarafin, MSW, and Joseph Greenberg, LCSW

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About the Author

Joseph Greenberg

Joseph Greenberg is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in the field of medical social work since 2013. His clinical interests involve applying modalities of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation techniques and other forms of supportive therapy. Learn More About Joseph Greenberg, LCSW.