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All this time alone can be frustrating. But let's not forget that Shakespeare allegedly wrote his masterpiece 'King Lear' while in quarantine from the Bubonic Plague. As the titular character in that great play states “Nothing can come of nothing.” Don't despair - use this time to learn valuable skills, so when you do emerge from this pandemic period, you do so stronger, wiser and ready to take on the new world.

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The world might be a mess, but you don't have to be. Learning how to remain calm in the age of uncertainty is needed now more than ever.
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Meditate

Why has meditation has sustained since ancient times? Because it works.
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Meditating during lockdown can offer stress and anxiety relief.[1] Psychology Today have encouraged people to practice meditation while in lockdown to promote both physical and mental health benefits. Meditating has been shown to have positive effects on lymphocytes, the white blood cells which produce antibodies to fight off infections. Meditation keeps the mind’s attention focused on the present moment rather than worrying about the future, helping to manage pandemic induced stress and anxiety. Neuroscience has shown the emotional benefits of practicing meditation too.[2] It helps regulate emotions, clearing the mind, and making people more aware of the people around them. Meditation has become a popular coping mechanism during the pandemic. The Washington Post reports a surge in downloads of meditation apps as more people look for ways to find a sense of peace and calm. Meditation app ‘Ten Percent Happier’ has doubled its membership base since March 2020, with their daily meditation attracting thousands of users.[3]

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  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/women-autism-spectrum-disorder/202003/3-reasons-meditate-in-the-battle-against-coronavirus
  2. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/18/21181644/coronavirus-covid-19-mindfulness-meditation-anxiety
  3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/21/meditation-up-during-coronavirus/

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