Singing, Dancing, Yoga and Other Ways of Coping During Coronavirus
Drawing on expert opinion in the fields of anxiety and trauma, cultural commentator David Brooks writes about the importance attunement in maintaining psychological health - attunement both with ourselves and with others. But he points out that this takes effort on our part.
He quotes university professor Martha Welch who says that ‘Being together is not the same as being connected’. It is important to have conversations where you can be open about your own feelings, but also where you genuinely listen as well. Allow time for each of you to take in what the other is saying. When used appropriately the internet opens up great opportunities for this kind of connection.
Experts also highlighted anything rhythmic as a way of combatting anxiety and creating an experience of attunement: singing, dancing, yoga, deep eye contact, daily rituals and games.