Calming Resources during COVID19

Hi friends,

The internet right now, can be a great source of panic or a great source of calm.

So here are the sources that I like to go to, during the time of coronavirus, to create some calm in my body. Evidence shows this is the best way to boost your immune system. With no vaccine yet, this is the best way to help ourselves, our families, our communities.

Dr. Lissa Rankin (M.D.) discusses scientific evidence on the incredible impact the mind has over the body, and why its crucial to actively trigger the relaxation response in the body in times of stress, so your body can work for you, rather than against you.

One of my favorite authors on the creative process, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about our sense of collective grief, sadness and anxiety, in a compassionate, humorous way. I felt calmer and more at peace after this talk.

What does it mean “to be steady while the world spins around you. To act without frenzy”? We could all use a bit of that right now. I loved this talk by Ryan Holiday, where he explores “active stillness” in the real world.  John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile crisis. Anne Frank sitting down at her journal.

My favorite go-to guided meditations by Andy Puddicombe. 4 minutes and 10 minutes. Perfect for beginners.

Adriene Mishler generously offers tons of high-quality yoga videos and meditations, for free.  She has a funny, quirky personality and relaxing voice. And her dog Benji who often does yoga beside her, is very, very cute.  10-15 minutes.

A great video on the role of empathy and compassion in human communities and civilization.

Kris Carr has been thriving with stage 4 cancer since 2003. Her talk offers an inspiring perspective on the power of the mind-body link. I love when she says, “And that’s when I became the CEO of my health. I hired and I fired!”

We all need conscious leaders who lead with humanity, rather than dominance. An inspiring interview with Simon Sinek and Tom Bilyeu.

Finally, physical exercise is core our to mental well-being. Here are some of my favorite martial-arts inspired workouts so you can get a sweat on at home, for free!

And for the dedicated martial artist: I like the FightTIPS channel, for learning and practicing new combos, strategies and footwork.