How to Cope with COVID-19 Grief This Mother’s Day

My latest with Sojourners: Whether it’s last year’s Mother’s Day or last century’s Mother’s Day, none of us imagined we’d spend this spring helplessly taming a pandemic. COVID-19 amplifies a tenuous holiday, especially among people of faith. Even in “normal” circumstances, this Hallmark holiday highlights not only gifts but pain: infertilityloss, and issues of maternal health care access. But in a year when our bodies, minds, spirits, hope, and patience are worn thin, Mother’s Day 2020 triggers unprecedented challenges. Read on at Sojo.

Grief, Health and Fitness, Meditation, Mental Health, Spirituality

How to Start a Meditation Practice When You’re Stressed

My latest with USA Today: The well-known adage that change is life’s only constant is truer than ever. But change now rules our lives, along with a growing fear of uncertainty. When uncertainty is combined with rapidly unfurling national circumstances, it’s no wonder we’re finding it more difficult to manage our minds. These simple steps can help us keep calm amid chaos and change. Read the full piece here.

Advocacy, Mental Health

Experts Say Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Must Be Studied

From CBS 17, Raleigh: CBS 17 spoke to a local professor at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh about ways to cope with anxiety and fear of uncertainty.

“Deep breathing is the go to way for coping. Just six deep breaths can actually lower the heart rate and lower blood pressure,” said J. Dana Trent, author of One Breath at a Time.

Trent teaches world religion. She teaches her students to refer to the ABC’s when they are feeling anxious and depressed. Read more here.