Written by: Louise Ingham
Life moves fast - it can be too easy to rush through only seeing a never ending cycle of to do
lists and worries. Finding a moment of stillness to reflect can seem difficult but it is so
rewarding. This week we are focusing on how we can all stay centred and calm with the
theme of Feeling Peaceful During Lockdown.
Lockdown has brought many additional strains upon us. We are bombarded with constant
news updates which can be stressful and scary. We have been confined indoors with no
normal freedom of movement or socialisation. Many parents have been trying to balance
full time jobs with schooling children from home. It has been a stressful time for everyone,
especially key workers and their loved ones.
Therefore, this week Peace Partners wants to look at ways we can all stay centred, calm
and peaceful during lockdown.
It is important that we look after ourselves both physically and mentally. One suggestion of how to do this is to practice mindfulness and mediation. Mindfulness can help you pay more attention to the present moment and your feelings and so improve your mental wellbeing and help you find peace.
Mediation has been proven to increase blood flow and energy and to reduce stress and
feelings of anxiety, depression, anxiety, anger and confusion. If this is something you might
be interested in trying there are plenty of YouTube videos that provide guided meditations
as well as apps such as Calm and Headspace.
Yoga is a wonderful way to help you achieve a peaceful body and mind. It connects you to
your body and breathing and often combines mediation and practices of self-love and
gratitude. Since we cannot attend yoga classes at the moment if you would like to try yoga
there are lots of free phone apps with yoga classes or videos on yoga. The 30 day challenge
Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube is very popular.
Other suggestions on ways to feel peace during lockdown is to exercise or take walks in
nature, be creative and take up new hobbies such as cross stitch or playing an instrument.
You could also take part in the Peace Education Programme, a The Prem Rawat Foundation
initiative: www.tprf.org. The programme provides a focus for exploring your own inner
resources such as appreciation, choice and inner strength and the opportunity to discover
personal peace - check it out here. Plans are underway for Peace Partners to host this course virtually, via videoconferencing. Interested? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, we hope you stop to find a moment of stillness to find some inner peace. We
would love to hear any ways that you are finding to feel peaceful during lockdown. Leave a
comment on our Facebook page or tweet us at @peacepartners_ and use the hashtags
#FeelingPeaceful #PeacePositivityWellBeing #LetsFocusOnPositivityandWellbeing