Take a breath: How the simple act of meditative breathing helps us cope

(CNN)A global pandemic causes so much worry, concern and fear. There's the pressure of suddenly being a homeschooling parent and trying to create structure around newfound chaos in your home.

A lot of us are adjusting to working from home, all while tending to worries about the state of the world. Maybe you fret over the health of aging parents or feel anxious over the ever-changing news cycle.
Psychological stress can damper your overall health, affecting your ability to remain resilient in the face of challenges. It can also thwart a strong immune system, which is needed to keep from getting sick.
    "Living through a pandemic can be scary," said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the March 18 episode of CNN's "Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction" podcast.
    The good news: Meditation is one tool that can help our immune systems functioning optimally, according to a recent study.