Practising mindfulness has been proven to help us alleviate stress during difficult times. By reminding ourselves to focus on what is happening in the moment, we can help prevent rumination, anxious feelings and worry. The suggestion at this time is to introduce mini-meditations into your daily routine. Just sit or lie for up to ten minutes and practice gentle deep breathing, focusing on the breath or sounds. Imagine breathing out any negative thoughts through the back of your body. Breathe in the good in your life. Maybe keep a gratitude journal. Also, when you are doing something routine, such as making a drink, washing your hands, cooking, really notice all of your senses. Take this opportunity to slow down and walk mindfully through your neighbourhood, noticing the colours, shapes and sounds around you. Smile at everyone you see. They may be feeling lonely and forgotten. Learn to listen mindfully when someone speaks to you. Notice how easily distracted you can be and re-align your focus to the present moment. This may just change your life, others lives and not just for now, but in the long term!