your words of focus, take a comfortble, steady posture, sitting on a chair, pillow or folded blanket. Close the eyes and begin repeating your chosen word(s) out loud. If you're really agitated, you can say them quite loudly! After a minute or so, turn down your volume and make your repetitions softer. After another minute or so, whisper your word. After a short time, begin to repeat it by simply moving the lips. Follow that with silent repetition. It's amzing how quickly the mind will calm down , but if you're still struggling, go back to the previous method of repetition. If that doesn't work, go back even farther. Experiment with whatever seems to bring the most peaceful feeling.
Words have power! If you'd like to try an authentic Sanskrit mantra, or sound formula, try "OM SHANTI". It not only means peace, but it actually manifests peace within you. Try this meditation practice for 10-15 minutes every day and notice if "The Icks" don't come around so often. Even better is to do this twice a day. During Covid 19, everyone needs to take time to engage in self-care, and meditation will give you a sense of calm that is healing for you and the ones you love.