The difficulty of the times that we have had to live since the coronavirus pandemic entered our lives, forcing us to confine ourselves, causes many to appear more mental pathologies that before the closure came, they were frequent. It is very likely that episodes of stress or anxiety have increased among the population, which poses new challenges for the health authorities, since this Covid-19 epidemic may be followed by another whose effects are still unknown: that of the psychiatric conditions to come the day after, when the confinement is over and we have to adapt to what they already call as “New Normal”.
Therefore, it is necessary to establish a series of habits to prevent and alleviate the psychological effects that the pandemic is bringing with it. Many times, the mental problems we are hurting may seem too serious to find a simple solution. But nothing is irreversible, and it is in our power to turn the omelette around. The only downside is that such a solution cannot be immediate. That is, health cases as complicated as they are mental pathologies cannot be solved overnight, they need time and care.
Although I did not notice anything in the first week, after a month meditating 15 minutes a day I perceived great results
These are the conclusions that we can draw from a study published in 2018 by the ‘Journal of Positive Psychology’. which states that meditating just 15 minutes a day can produce important health benefits, especially for problems related to stress or anxiety. “The participants noticed a lower level of negative thoughts and more well-being, in general “, includes the study in the conclusions.
In the same way, “they were able to have a better approach to their feelings and thoughts, getting to know each other better and accepting their emotions.” Therefore, you don’t lose anything by trying. Zoë Ettinger, Journalist from ‘Business Insider’, has tried it for herself, and if you are interested in the results, read on.
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If it is the first day that you try it, it is normal that you experience some difficulty in focusing. But as the days go by, it will be easier for you, as recognized by the journalist. It is not worth the excuse that you do not have time, since it is hardly a quarter of an hour to dedicate to silence and to leave your mind blank. And if you have been doing it for several days and you cannot perceive any change, be patient: “Although I did not experience anything in the first week, after a month meditating fifteen minutes a day I can affirm that I noticed quite significant results,” says Ettinger. “Basically, I noticed a small but noticeable decrease in my daily anxiety. “
“In the end, it was about setting aside obsessive thoughts about what might happen in the futureIf I would get sick or worse, I was going to die from the disease, “says the journalist. He was also obsessed with the idea of not knowing when he would see his loved ones again.” It not only helps to sweep away all those thoughts the fifteen minutes at day that I dedicate to meditate, but also during the rest of the day. “
But it not only contributes to being more relaxed and avoiding repetitive negative thoughts, but also in the ability to focus, a very common syndrome in this time of worry. “I found that meditation also had a very positive impact in focusing attention on my tasks,” says Ettinger. “It was like emptying my mind for a short period of time, then I could focus on the good things and be more attentive and close to the people I love. “
“Instead of worrying about things that I can’t control, like the progress of this terrible pandemic, I now know that I can look straight into the present, write better articles that help people, and connect with my loved ones online “stresses the journalist. “Although I obviously cannot assure that everyone will achieve these results, I have found that taking 15 minutes of total disconnection per day has been very beneficial for me for my mental health. And it can also be for you. What do you lose for trying? “