If you're stressed from the ongoing pandemic, meditation can transform your perspective on life, bring peace

Posted at 10:36 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 19:31:09-04

If you're feeling stressed and full of anxiety, you're not alone.

So how can you better cope with the ongoing uncertainty that surrounds us every day?

One wellness expert says meditation can be the key to transforming your perspective on life and bringing you peace.

"Mental health is so important. We can't downplay it," said Tampa native Erin Waller.

Waller created BWF woman, which stands for "Beautiful Wild Free Woman," after going through a difficult divorce 20 years ago.

"I'm able to show my scars and as a result, other women who have them don't feel like they're negative and bad. They're able to come into their own worthiness, their own value, as a result," she said.

Waller relied on meditation to heal herself and now helps heal others.

"It's in meditation that we develop new positive thoughts. We're able to change our words. We're able to practice positive sel-talk. And that gives us a new relationship with ourselves," Waller explained.

Waller added that when we do that, we then have a different relationship with others as well.

"If I am judgmental with myself and I'm always beating myself up and I'm always speaking negatively to me about myself, I'm probably doing that to other people as well. And it's effecting our relationships outside of me too," she said.

Meditation can help you feel more peaceful but Waller warns you must make it a priority.

"Put it on your calendar and make a commitment to it, because it's one thing to know it. It's another thing to actually do it."

You can start with just five minutes a day, preferably when you wake up and take 10 deep breaths to help center your mind.

"One of the things that we do is we breathe in for three counts. We hold for three counts and then we release for three counts," she explained.

You can meditate in a quiet room or even outside in nature but most importantly...

"You meditate in a space where you feel comfortable. Where you can concentrate and then you just focus on the present. You focus on what you can be thankful for. You practice that gratitude and that self-love and you'll feel more connected throughout your day," Waller said.

If you can't meditate on your own, Waller has guided meditations on her website at www.BWFWoman.Com

Waller also recommends that right after your meditation, take time to write down what you were feeling and hearing, as that will help track your progress and how your mindset shifts over time.