There is no doubt that the pandemic and subsequent lock-down has been a challenge for everyone. If the inconvenience of closing businesses is all that we have had to deal with we should count ourselves very fortunate. Unfortunately for many of us this year has been much more challenging.
And though there may be vaccines on the horizon, it looks like we may need to undergo another round of increasingly tight restrictions on gatherings and closing businesses. Despite our best efforts, the number of cases are steadily rising again and, if Europe is any indication, we will be locking down again before the holidays.
This time, however, we have a better idea of what to except and we can be more proactive in having plans and contingencies in place for if it happens.
Two things that can help are mindfulness and meditation. Both of these practices are great for stress reduction by bringing our awareness to the present and helping us shine light onto what we are feeling and why we are feeling it.
Often our expectations about the future feed into our stress far more than the conditions in the present. Though we should take actions to direct our futures in ways that we wish, we should not live in stressful futures that may never happen.
Stoicism, Buddhism, and Yoga are just a few of the philosophies that train us to be mindful of the things that are under our control and to focus on them rather than the things that we cannot.
At Princeton Center for Yoga and Health many of the classes we off are based on stress reduction, mindfulness, and being present in the now. Whether you are looking for a new philosophy or simply need a break from worry over the future, we have a class for you.
We encourage you to use these classes to compliment your other exercise and nutrition efforts, as well as to reduce stress, meditate on the the things that matter to you and to dive into understanding why you want what you do.