Putting the Brakes on Stress

We are, indeed, living in interesting times. Watching the news and checking social media can be helpful to get a grip on what's happening in the world and among your friends, neighbors and community, but it has definite drawbacks. Try to make this a small part of your day so it does not overwhelm you.

Like most things, finding balance is important. Checking in by phone with a lonely friend, checking in with neighbors, especially those you haven't heard from or seen for a day or two, is mutually beneficial. Human contact means a lot in times like this, even with social distancing. Waving and saying "thank you" out the window to delivery people and mail carriers can brighten their day.

Try to spend time reading uplifting and mind-expanding things, and balance this with watching your favorite funny film. Avoid conspiracy theory clickbait. If fear is very palpable, call a friend, focus on your breath, check out our recent blogs for suggestions, and take part in Master Stephen Co's video stream on transmuting fear.

Finally, we are in the midst of Holy Week and Easter is this coming Sunday. So often this is a time when people get together and for some it can feel lonely even without social distancing guidelines. Here's a suggestion: take part in Master Co's Easter Meditation at 8 a.m. PDT on Sunday, April 12. If you have like-minded friends, watch separately together.

Look out for others, find peace within the storm, and stay safe.

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