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Using Meditation and Mindfulness to Help your Mental Health

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

If you are finding life very challenging right now you are not alone. We know that many of you will be experiencing a range of emotions including stress, anxiety, grief, loneliness and uncertainty. Dealing with the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 is difficult on many levels and is effecting all of us across the globe. So how can we help and what can you do to support yourself during this time?

Our friends at Harvard University have helped to develop a series of guided meditations that you might find helpful to work through. They have been recorded by Mark Miller, PsyD, MPH. Mark is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Los Angeles area, meditation teacher at insightLA, and Coordinator at Mindful USC at University of Southern California.

There are a range of meditations for you to try including ones focusing on checking in with your breathing, your body and the different emotions you are feeling. If you’re unsure which of these guided meditations to start with, it may be helpful to listen to some of the shorter ones first and then progress from there.

To get started, find a sitting, lying or standing position that is comfortable and supports your body. Try and find a space where you won’t be disturbed and begin listening!

There is no right or wrong way to do meditation. Just find out what works best for you. If you haven’t tried meditation before it might feel a little strange to begin with, stick with it a few times and don’t worry if you feel that you aren