Our guest blogger and school counselor, Christa Marvenko-Athas, has some useful insight for coping with our feelings during this stressful time. Take a look at her simple mindfulness practice.
During highly stressful times I find it difficult to stay grounded in the present, although that is one of the best ways of coping with the stress response. Tara Brach, a psychologist, author, and proponent of Buddhist meditation, explains the use of the acronym RAIN as an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness. I recommend creating reminders to take moments throughout your day and take a moment to:
R – Recognize what is going on.
A – Allow the experience to just be there.
I – Investigate with interest, care, and kindness
N – Nurture with love and compassion