Welcome back to another Meditation Monday. Today, I interview Julie Duhigg, First UU Member and the Director of Counseling Services at Ohio Wesleyan University. We talk about what life is like for college students during this time and patterns she is seeing during her counseling sessions. Then she provides wonderful insight into how we can practice mindfulness in our daily lives and ways we can focus on our mental health during this time.
I was really struck by our conversation on grief and how this pandemic is impacting each and every one of us as we experience various types of grief. Whether we had vacation plans that have now been cancelled, or trips to visit loved ones that can only happen through the window, or summer camp, retreats or even GA being either cancelled or altered significantly, we’re all experiencing loss. Julie provides wonderful insight and encouragement for all of us.
I hope you all find this video helpful, and please let me know if you have any questions you’d like me to pass to her or other types of videos you’d like to see. I will put links to all her recommendations below. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy!
Why Mindfulness is a Superpower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4
Meditation for Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtsdz_jhB7c
This link provides basic info and tips on caring for oneself during a pandemic https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf
This article about grief during the outbreak is very validating https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief
Insight Timer is a free app and offers a wonderful starting place for trying meditation. https://insighttimer.com/
>Healthy Minds is another app that was made free for the near future that many may find useful. https://tryhealthyminds.org/