Sunday, May 10, 2020
Breathe with Calhoun
Slowing down and taking a breath can be hard when surrounded by uncertainty and change. That’s also when it can be most beneficial. Explore these resources to help you pause, relax and recharge.
Connect with Calhoun counselors and explore curated resources you can access at home.
Hear what our counselors have to say at this moment, and see the resources they recommend to guide us.
You may know Kevin R. from 6th grade math, the volleyball court, ASP, or the Middle School Dungeons & Dragons club. But did you know he’s been exploring mindfulness for the last few years? Follow along as he invited us into his process, and shared guided meditations.
We asked community members to weigh in on what’s helping them slow down and feel grounded.
Content: Online Number Puzzles
Why: I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a brain that doesn't have an easy-to-find off-switch. It can be started up by something big, like a worldwide pandemic, or something incredibly small, like being two minutes late to a meeting. Once it gets moving, there's very little I can do to stop it from charging full steam ahead.
That said, I have found that engaging my brain in fun and engaging puzzles is something that almost immediately calms me, centers my mind, and allows my brain to focus its energy on something other than anxiety. Puzzles capture my attention quickly and deeply, and I find that minutes (and sometimes hours) can pass in the blink of an eye. When I re-emerge from the puzzle, I am calmer and I have a sense of accomplishment due to the problem-solving in which I engaged.
In a time when anxiety is heightened for everyone, distractions have been important, as have moments away from a computer screen.