Do you feel like your brain is on overload? Are you struggling to find a good way to relax or reset? This video is for the community, for anyone that may be struggling, or anyone who needs a little self-care. If that’s you, read on!
During a pandemic, one way we can care for ourselves is through deep breathing, meditation, or mindfulness exercises. Meditation, also known as mindfulness, is a way to exercise the brain. When we think about how the brain works, the amygdala (responsible for the fight, flight and freeze responses) is often protected by our thinking brain. During a disaster or trauma, many times the thinking brain is no longer at the forefront, and the emotional amygdala is exposed.
One way we can return to baseline or the “wise mind” is to exercise the thinking brain by going through a mindfulness exercise while taking big, deep breaths. This exercise focuses on sending loving kindness to yourself and others. Below are some of the phrases used in the video. Repeat as often as you wish.
- May I be filled with loving kindness
- May I be held by loving kindness
- May I be connected and calm
- May I accept myself just as I am
- May I be happy
- May I know the natural joy of being alive
Check out the full Loving Kindness Meditation and use whenever you need a reset for your mind. By caring for ourselves and others, we can get through this pandemic.
Need extra support?
Try calling us at Show Me Hope for crisis counseling and mental health support- it’s free and anonymous. We’re here to listen.
Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Tri-County Mental Health: 816-468-0400