Yes, we should all be social distancing right now — but that doesn't mean we can't metaphorically lean on one another for support during these times of uncertainty.
I'm finding stress relief since reaching out to Kelsey Patel, a certified reiki expert and yoga instructor. She created a guided meditation for moments when I need to catch my breath and mentally escape from the confines of my home, and it may help you out, too.
Before getting started, it's key to clean up your space and set the mood. Lighting a candle, brewing a cup of tea, and settling in among blankets and pillows does the trick for me.
By priming our environment, Patel explains that we are creating an intentional practice of slowing down and catering to ourselves.
As you embark on the meditation below, remember to be easy on yourself — it's normal for your mind to wander. If this happens, though, allow yourself to readjust and find your center.
"You can do this practice at any time of the day, and do it as many times as needed to reclaim your sense of peace and calm," Patel notes.