Don’t Push Me, ‘Cause I’m Close to the Edge': Essential Mental Health Resources during the COVID-19 Crisis
When it comes to COVID-19 coverage, the endless barrage of troubling news reports has been impossible to miss. Information overload, on social media, in particular, has made it challenging to avoid getting swept up in the madness. It's important during times like this to check in with yourself, specifically your mental health. What are some effective strategies to quiet the noise, center your thoughts, and focus on your priorities? Below are a few resources to help get you centered.
Shalom & PolePole
When it comes to connecting with Mother Nature, people of color often are disproportionately excluded from conversations centered around environmentalism and sustainability. Shalom & PolePole is a carefully curated site for those interested in the benefits of slow living and finding joy in the simple things, covering everything from the power of a simple walk around the block to the health benefits of free-trade dark chocolate to the necessity of mid-afternoon siestas. Take a moment to unplug, enjoy a hot beverage, and learn new ways to connect with your community and world. shalompolepole.com
During this time, many tout the benefits of meditation, but what if you've never done it before? How are you supposed to sit still, avoid getting distracted, and focus without allowing your mind to wander? A beginner's guide, this app walks you through the basics, including guided meditations with timers to assist you in the early stages of this journey. Currently, they are offering free access to Weathering the Storm, a new program created to help all who are dealing with anxiety and stress from the current COVID-19 global crisis. Available for iOS and Android. headspace.com
A meditation and relaxation aid, this app promises to help you sleep better and reduce anxiety through their guided meditations, stories, and music. You can tune in to their nature sounds (such as rain hitting pavement) to help lull you to sleep. Counting the likes of LeBron James as a brand partner, who leads meditations focused on mental fitness and managing your emotions, they currently offer a free 7-day trial for new users. Available for iOS and Android. calm.com