Updated: Apr 28
Stress can be damaging for the body. It weakens the immune system, controls our behaviors, and enhances fears. As a result, mindfulness educators and yoga teachers can play a significant role in helping people manage covid anxiety. You may be wondering how to help your kids get all the goodness of yoga or mindfulness practice without any of the risks of physical interactions. Here are some essential tips to keep you safe and grounded.
Who is more vulnerable to covid anxiety?
According to a survey of 63 countries, the pandemic has had a destructive impact on mental health. The severe reduction in physical and social activities during the pandemic is not without consequences on the mind. A study on the global psychological distress linked to the pandemic revealed that younger age groups are more vulnerable to stress, depression, and anxiety. Teenagers and young adults are those who are the most likely to suffer. Unfortunately, anxiety levels are unlikely to reduce by themselves. Without active support to tackle anxiety and help our kids rebuild mental resilience, the young generation could struggle to escape their covid-related psychological distress. It can be beneficial for mindfulness and yoga educators to play an active part in building mental and psychological resilience tools.
Give your kids practical tools to fight covid anxiety
Yoga and mindfulness experts can help create dedicated workshops to help distressed individuals unlock a mindful path. Indeed, covid-related stress, anxiety, and loneliness are driven by the fear of the virus. However, the first step is to address practical and effective responses to manage risks and ultimately reduce fears. In closed rooms, for instance, ventilation is crucial to get rid of moisture droplets. The coronavirus is an air-borne virus, which means that it travels in moisture droplets in the air. Now is a good time to check your HVAC filters and make necessary emergency ac repairs. Wearing masks and maintaining social distance are also crucial steps in reducing the risks of spreading. Finally, getting the vaccine is also the best approach to minimize the risk of infection and spread. These offer a practical and tangible response to their emotional turmoil. While it doesn’t tackle the psychological distress underneath, it already shows our kids that there are tools they can deploy to reduce their fears.
Provide mindful strategies that combat stress
Being a teenager is tough at the best of times. Being a teenager during a pandemic is a new stress trigger that nobody was ready to tackle. Therefore, mindful thinking and mindful activities can help the mind move away from fear while creating positive feelings. Finding inner peace through mindful dancing or mindful breathing are essential skills that can address the covid psychological distress. Yoga classes are beneficial to teach some stress-relief methods, such as being in the moment and learning how to breathe to achieve peace.
We can’t afford to ignore how the pandemic is tearing through the mental health of our children. As parents, it is our responsibility to recognize their distress and help them find a mindful path to peace. On a path to inner peace, there is room for both concrete answers and mind-focused activities. Indeed, the only way to break free from an emotional circle is to find tools that offer a safe routine.