We have lost a great deal during COVID-19. In addition, we have ongoing social unrest. This can have a negative impact on our health, well-being and resilience.

We can also lose hope that kindness exists, which is a terrible feeling – especially for caregivers. It’s hard to remain hopeful when so much in the environment is full of anger.

Luckily, we have some simple strategies to face this head on.

Today try to repeat brief statements such as “May I be safe,” “May I be healthy and calm,” “May I be happy.” Do this in a quiet place for just a minute or two as many times as you would like.

For more resilience, try repeating these toward others. Just insert the name of someone else instead of yourself in the phrases above. Start with friends and then you can gradually insert the names of persons or groups even when you are angry at them.

Short meditation statements like the above can improve resilience, physical pain, overall wellness and compassion. Try it and notice how much you can change your emotions with so little time and effort.

For more ways to use brief or more extended meditation to build resilience and calm in your life, positivepsychology.com has many simple examples to get started. 

For individual assistance, call , LeadingAge Minnesota’s COVID-19 Staff Coping & Support Line number is 612-445-8656 or email covidsupport@acp-mn.com. This free service is open to any staff or leader to schedule a 20-minute coaching call. A professionally trained coach from the Associated Clinic of Psychology will listen to a caller’s concerns and help them create a coping roadmap for stress relief. There is no cost for this program thanks to the support of the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation and DHS grant funding.