While some people are using this time to get creative, work out and spend time with their family, this isolation is also really difficult for others. At the Y, we recognize that and are here to help.

If you are struggling and need help, please reach out to us. We’ve also listed a bunch of resources below.

Mental Health America
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Mindful Magazine
Federal Communications Commission
How to Talk to Your Children About COVID-19
Action for Happiness
Meditation App

Hedberg Public Library Resources (curb side pick up now!)
Unplug : a simple guide to meditation for busy skeptics and modern soul seekers by: Size Yalof Schwartz and Debra Goldstein

Just Sit: A meditation Guidebook for People who know they should but don’t. By Sukey Novogratz and Elizabeth Novogratz

Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress by Andrew Holecek


Mindfulness is the practice of quieting the mind by focusing only on the present moment without judgement. An intent focus on one's breathing is a common way this is achieved. Mindfulness is proven to reduce stress, improve physical and psychological health as well as result in better behavior, both in children and adults. The practice has been around for centuries but is gaining popularity in both the business world and and educational field, including after-school programs

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA of Northern Rock County began offering Mindful Minutes within days of our facility's temporary closure. Led by Yoga Instructor Mari Sroda, this series has offered much needed mental wellness awareness and support to both our members and community. It has become wildly successful!

Tune into our YouTube page frequently for a #MindfulMinute with Mari.
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