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L.A. Offers ‘Free Meditation and Mindfulness Content’ to Coronavirus-Stressed County Residents

By Craig Bannister | April 29, 2020 | 12:06pm EDT
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The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) announced Tuesday that it is now offering “free meditation and mindfulness” resources to county residents suffering from stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free subscriptions to the Headspace “mindful and meditation” service are now available to coronavirus-stressed county residents, Dr. Johnathan Sherin, M.D., Ph.D., Director of LACDMH said in a press release announcing the partnership:

“We are proud to offer Headspace as another way to help people cope with the stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.”

Subscribers will have free access to “hundreds of science-backed guided meditations” along with workout and sleep exercise coaching, the county’s release explains:

“Starting today, at www.headspace.com/lacounty, residents can sign up for a free Headspace Plus subscription. Through the end of 2020, LA County residents will be able to access hundreds of science-backed guided meditations in English and Spanish, as well as mindful workouts and sleep exercises to help address rising stress and anxiety. The offer is available to Los Angeles residents who don’t currently have a Headspace Plus subscription.”

In a March 26 press release, L.A. County touted meditation as one of its “Practice Health Habits” tips for “Individuals feeling confined and claustrophobic” due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

“Make time to relax. Deep breathing exercises and meditation or yoga can greatly help. Try a mediation app, start a new hobby, or finish projects that have been put off.”

Limiting “media consumption” – especially of fake news sources – is another “healthy habit,” the county advised:

“Set a limit on media consumption and stay informed by referring to credible sources for updates on the local situation”

The release also warned residents to “Know the Signs” of COVID-19 induced stress and anxiety:

“Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can be demonstrated as:

  • Fear and worry about personal health and the health of loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs

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