To all who joined our global #CalmTogether meditation: Tamara and the Calm Team thank you for sharing your time and energy with us. If you missed the livestream or want to relive the experience, please enjoy it here.
As days of isolation turn into weeks, many of us are feeling increasingly uprooted from our normal lives. In a world on lockdown, it isn’t just our routines that are being disrupted, but our relationships too. Thankfully, distance doesn’t have to mean disconnection.
These challenging times remind us that it’s never enough to just look after ourselves. We must look after each other too. This is what it means to Calm Together.
In that spirit, we’ve handpicked some of our favorite meditations, sleep stories, movement exercises, journals, and music. All of the resources on this page are free to use, and to share. May they bring you, and those around you, peace.
Taking care of the mind has never been a personal pursuit. Each day, the steps we take and progress we make radiate outwards, like ripples on a pond. As our mental and emotional wellness improve, so do our relationships, and our communities.
Have you noticed the downward spiral of thoughts that can happen when you're worried, stressed, or nervous?
It’s common to fast forward into an unknown future and play out worst case scenarios in our mind. The antidote is to bring awareness to our thoughts and emotions, and return to presence. This helps recenter and stabilize us in times of uncertainty.
It's natural to experience feelings of disempowerment at this time. One way to reclaim your power is to remember that social distancing is a collective action to keep each other safe. You are doing something great simply by staying home. Listen to the following loving kindness meditation to embody this compassionate choice.
Prepare for sleep with a guided meditation designed to help you let go of the day and find deep rest.
It’s natural to wake up during the night. The key is to invite some equanimity around the fact that you are awake. “Gently Back to Sleep” is a relaxing meditation that supports you to release thoughts, and slip back into slumber.
Sleep Stories are soothing bedtime tales designed to help settle your busy mind and relax your body so that you can drift off to sleep with ease. Allow yourself to get lost in the story. Here are a couple of our faves.
Invite peace and comfort into the mind and heart with these beautiful melodies.
Soothing sonic experiences to create a cozy environment for sleep or relaxation.
*Find 8-hour soundscapes on our youtube page.
Movement can help loosen feelings of heaviness and despair. Let go of physical tension and uplift your mood with these mindful movement exercises.
In "Creative Living Beyond Fear", Elizabeth Gilbert powerfully reminds us that we are all creative beings. Whether you dream of expressing yourself more fully, sharing your story, building something beautiful, or sprinkling more magic in your day-to-day life, this Calm Masterclass is the perfect place to begin your creative process.
Social and news channels are designed to hook you and, as a result, leave us feeling hyper-stimulated and overwhelmed. We advise containing the time you spend on these channels and practice finding a balance of staying informed and nourishing yourself with offline time.
In “Discovering Happiness”, Shawn Achor offers 5 simple practices to dramatically raise your happiness levels and deepen your feeling of connection with the world around you (no matter your circumstance).
Meditation can empower kids to feel resilient and strong. Use these meditations and Sleep Stories to bring some peace to the kids in your life.
In this #CalmTogether Conversations series, our Head of Mindfulness, Tamara Levitt, speaks with leading experts in the fields of mindfulness, trauma, and neuroscience on ways to stay calm and anchored in these turbulent times.
In this first #CalmTogether Conversation, Tamara Levitt, Calm’s Head of Mindfulness, speaks with best-selling author and neuropsychologist Rick Hanson. The two explore the intersection between modern neuroscience and mindfulness practice, and offer practical tools to cultivate well-being amidst difficult times.
In this #CalmTogether Conversation, Tamara Levitt, Calm’s Head of Mindfulness, speaks with best-selling author and mindfulness teacher Tara Brach on the power of compassion to heal us, both individually and collectively, as we navigate these uncertain times.
Calm’s Mindfulness Producer Rose Nisker speaks with celebrated mindfulness leader Jack Kornfield on how to cultivate a steady heart in uncertain times.
Calm’s Head of Mindfulness, Tamara Levitt, speaks with renowned author and trauma expert Gabor Matè on how to embrace the challenges of our times with clarity and presence.
Emergency physician, author and Doctor Without Borders James Maskalyk offers two meditation sessions created specifically for frontline healthcare workers. The first session explores how you can “heal on the fly” when faced with the overwhelm and emotional distress of frontline work. The second session guides you through a restful practice to nurture your body and mind. May these practices support your well-being as you navigate the immense challenges of frontline work.
We recommend printing one of our journals, making a cup of tea, and cozying up offline with these reflections and practices.
Download our calendar for a bite-sized mindfulness activity that you can do each day. ⠀
Join our Facebook group to connect with people from around the world. We aim to be one of the kindest and most inspiring places on the internet. We’re intentionally working to share what’s supportive and connect with each other while not adding to the overwhelm and panic often found elsewhere on social media.
Reach out to check in on others and to ask for help when you need it. Stay in connection via text, telephone, what’s app, facetime, skype, zoom or google hangouts. We need each other most during challenging times.
How is the experience for you?
What are you finding most challenging?
Is there anything I can do to support you?
Work on individual projects together over facetime (perhaps one person works away on a puzzle while another person is cooking something from scratch)
Practice a meditation together over the phone
Schedule a virtual dance party
Make a joyful playlist for a friend
Text a friend your favorite joke
Tell someone why they’re special to you
Imagine yourself in a beautiful place that you love. Perhaps it’s your favorite place to watch the sunset, a stream, a lush forest, a secret beach, or a field of wildflowers. Invite all of your senses to imagine yourself there. Hear the evening crickets, feel the sand in between your toes, and smell the flowers. The power of the mind is that we can travel back in time to visit a good memory and experience the positive feelings in the present moment.
Inhale slowly through the nose to the count of three. Place your attention on the expansion of your chest and the sound of your breath.
Pause at the top of your inhale for another two seconds. Rather than holding your breath think of it as resting your breath. (The idea of holding often causes us to tense up, and we want to try to relax before the exhale).
Now slowly exhale and let go of all of the air in your lungs for a count of six, keeping your jaw relaxed.
Keep going for a few more rounds.
Experiment with different counts that feels nourishing for you. Go down by a count of 1 in each part if you’re feeling any stress or strain.
If it feels easy, you can try increasing each section by a count of one.
Bring a hint of a smile to your lips helps to relax your jaw.
Try Calm’s Breathe Bubble.
When you’re feeling anxious, pause and settle your mind by naming:
5 things you can see
4 things you can hear
3 things you can touch
2 things you can smell
1 thing you can taste
Our team is humbled by the acts of kindness and bravery that are happening across the globe for the collective wellbeing of all. As a way to extend our gratitude back to you, we're offering 40% off a year of Calm Premium.
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