Resources to Help Navigate Challenging Times

Challenging times are upon us. Whether you are a healthcare worker, or someone sheltering in place, nothing is normal right now, and everything feels unstable. 

This is a list of resources or ideas available to you as an app for your phone, downloads and websites.  I will continue to update this page as long as needed. Please feel free to pass it along. As always, Resiliency Revitalizers are posted here to raise your well-being and bring you joy.

NEW 3/22 – Tara Brach’s Website has multiple restorative resources https://www.tarabrach.com/pandemic/

Apps You Might Want to Try

Headspace – Headspace is free for health providers at this time. You need to sign up with your National Provider Identification number. 

Meditation – There are several with this same name, they are usually free – check out which has a vibe you like. They have silent meditation timers, with interval settings, plus guided meditations

Insight Timer – This one is my personal favorite. Free. There are guided meditation by hundreds and hundreds of teachers. There are kid modes, sleep modes and courses you can take. It is easy to navigate. One unique aspect is that the app shows you not only how many people globally are meditating with you, but also where they are meditating. At the time of writing this, there are 6.1K meditating together. This is a powerful aspect of meditation. 

Calm – Wonderful sounds and visuals on this one – very popular app. Some cost.

Calm Radio – Music, Music, Music. Free.

Waking Up – Can offer meditations and alarms to wake you up.

10% Happier – Newscaster Dan Harris had a panic attack, online while doing the news. From this experience, he has learned, written and shared (on this app and in his books) all sorts of things about stress. He has curated a great assortment of teachers and meditation leaders. His first book has the same name.

Daily Yoga – This is one of many daily yoga app. Useful if you’d like to move your body as you meditate and engage a yogic practice

Wellscapes – University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing presents meditations couple with beautiful vistas. Lovely. One meditation is free, the rest have a fee. 

Pray As You Go – This app couples prayer and music. This has a Christian focus. (I am looking for good apps for other religious groups, please let me know as you find them, and I will post them here.) Free.

Other Things to Try

  • Qigong – a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. Check YouTube to join an online group or go solo. Spring Forest Qigong – https://www.springforestqigong.com/ has many wonderful tools and videos. You can check out their Facebook page for instructional videos as well.
  • Tai Chi, a self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Check YouTube to learn more.
  • Take a walk – There is an increasing amount of scientific proof of the benefits of nature and walking. Please remember social distancing at this time. 
  • Forest Bathing, or shinrin-yoku Read more by searching “Forest bathing” or here: https://time.com/5259602/japanese-forest-bathing/ It is warming up here in the north, so take advantage and get outside, sit on a log and breath. 
  • The Tapping Solution – Emotional Freedom Technique. It is an energy movement tool that is easy to do and lower anxiety rather quickly. Learn morning on the app or at this site: https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ 
  • Breath – Take a deep breath – it is ALWAYS helpful. 
  • Yale Stress Center website. There is good research, course, and techniques to help lower your stress. https://andreatatley.com/2020/03/21/resources-to-help-navigate-challenging-times/

Find one or two elements to experiment with. (Post your favorites below.) Take many deep breaths, and more than anything, take good care of yourself. Limit your news, eat well, stretch your legs, start or continue a spiritual/well-being practice. Be kind to yourself and those around you. 

Andrea

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