With the unforeseen challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, how we deal with and adapt to change will determine our ability to weather the pandemic. Taking care of your physical health is important, but so is taking care of your Whole Health—adding emotional, mental and spiritual to the physical.
Life has always been a process of evolving and adapting to change. That’s what makes finding ways to stay balanced and strong so important: learning new skills to stay healthy and care for ourselves and our families is now more important than ever.
Starting Monday, April 6, we will be posting weekly Whole Health resources, including video sessions, that you can follow along with from your own home.
Sessions will pull from a variety of existing VA resources, and may include breathing exercises, stretching, meditation, fitness, yoga, tai chi, and more. We will also be highlighting various VA informational resources to support you and your families.
To get started, follow along with this 5-minute guided grounding meditation with Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD.
Meditation is a practice or technique that primarily focuses on training attention-regulation processes. That is, it’s a practice that trains you to focus, to concentrate, to cultivate mental well-being.
Meditation is one of the complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches within the VA Whole Health System of care included in the Veteran’s medical benefits package when deemed clinically necessary by a Veteran’s care team.
Taking care of your well-being, including your mental health, is essential during this time. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Experiencing stress, fear, anxiety, or feelings of depression is normal.
For more information on Maintaining and Enhancing Your Mental Health and Well-Being During the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak, visit VA’s Mental Health Coronavirus webpage: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/coronavirus/
For more information on self-care through the Whole Health Components of Health and Well-Being visit: https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTH/circle-of-health/index.asp
For information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Alison M. Whitehead, MPH is the Acting Director for the Integrative Health Coordinating Center in the VHA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.