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.

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, despite all the craziness and horrors of the outside world. What it means “to be steady while the world spins around you. To act without frenzy.” We could all use a bit of that right now.

My favorite go-to guided meditations by Andy Puddicombe, for mind-body awareness. 4 minutes and 10 minutes. Perfect for beginners to meditation.

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. I found this interview with Simon Sinek and Tom Bilyeu very inspiring.

Marie Forleo has gathered a list of resources to for us to feel more connected, inspired, healthier and stronger through this time: tons of good stuff here!

TED has just organized a fantastic line of speakers for livestream, on the theme of community and hope. Speakers include Susan David, Bill Gates, Gary Liu, Seth Berkley, and Priya Parker.  I’m really looking forward to watching this!

Language psychologist James Pennebaker and colleagues have posted this 15-minute online survey of people’s personal experiences with the covid-19 situation. I just did it! I enjoyed reflecting on these thoughtful questions, and reading my personalized feedback.  Access the survey here: utpsyc.org/covid19/

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.