The COVID 19 virus pandemic has profoundly impacted the way we live our life, so it is likely that you might be experiencing heightened levels of stress, fear and anxiety or even simply “not quite right” due to huge changes in living circumstances.
During this global crisis, when the world has found itself locked up and millions of people around the world find themselves isolated, it is more important than ever to protect our mental health.
Since the conception of VESTIRSI I have always intended this brand to be more than “Just A Bag Brand” and the bags to represent so much more than “Just A Bag”. My intention with this handbag business has always been to create a vehicle to provide funding and support to women, specifically supporting their mental health.
So, with the mission to help women who might be struggling with their mental health in mind, I would be remiss to not share with you the main strategy that I use on a daily basis, (along with millions of women across the world every day) to manage mental health and wellbeing.
It is an App called Insight Timer.
This is not paid or sponsored, this is just a genuine recommendation for an App that has made clear and distinct improvements in my anxiety levels and mental health, and I hope it will do the same for you.
Don’t think of this as mediation. (Think of it as a short breathing exercise if that helps.)
Or, just don’t overthink it at all.
If you already have resistant voices in your head saying this isn’t going to help you, please, get out of your own way and take 5 minutes to try the following.
Before you can even tell yourself “I don’t like meditation” or “I can’t do meditation” “I’m no good at meditation” or “meditation doesn’t work for me” – please just try to stop those thoughts before you can overthink it and follow the below steps.
What is the worse that can happen? Nothing right? Right!
So, for the benefit of calming your mind, follow these steps:
- Get out your smart phone or tablet, get your headphones and download the INSIGHT TIMER app. It is FREE. (There is a paid version, but you don’t need it.)
- Click on “Guided”
- Scroll down until you see “filter by benefit”
- Recovery + healing
- Stress + Anxiety
- Health + Happiness
- Select a category that is relevant to you
- Filter by time limit
- 5min, 10mins, 15mins, 20mins, 30mins of 30mins+
- Select a program
- Put in your headphones, close your eyes and listen.
You can start with a short 5 minute session, as little as that can help. If you don't like the session you try, that's fine, tomorrow try a different one. There are thousands to choose from. If you loved the session, "bookmark" it and it will get saved in your favorites so you can repeat it another time that week. Repeat this practice for 10 days in a row and it is highly likely that you will feel calmer and less anxious.
Hate meditation? I was the same. But guess what? If you are feeling anxiety or stress or other feelings you’ve never felt before during these unprecedented times, you may need to turn to coping strategies you’ve never used before. It’s as simple as that.
So, give it a go and calm your busy, stressed mind.
Remember, if you need further help, please google the crisis phone lines in your country for more assistance.
The crisis lines in USA are:
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line provides free 24/7 support via text message. Text ‘signs’ to 741 741 to connect with a crisis counselor.
The crisis lines in Australia are:
- Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
- 1800 RESPECT Sexual Assault and Family Violence Confidential Helpline: 1800 737 732
- Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277
Stay safe and I truly hope this app is helpful to you.
If it is, please comment below and let me know!
PS - you don't have to do it seated, lie on the couch or your bed if you prefer. You don't have to adopt any particular poses or wear any particular clothing. Try first thing in the morning when you wake up and are still lying in bed thinking about the day ahead, or the last thing at night when you're lying in bed trying to quiet your busy mind. Good luck x