Healthy living is not just about the physical body, but also the mind and spirit. Here are some helpful resources to help you reduce stress, improve your mental health, and find a moment of quiet in this challenging time.
Mindfulness through Motion
One great way to move the body is yoga. It’s an activity that combines movement with breath and can benefit many individuals by increasing flexibility and stamina, decreasing stress, and improving quality of life. It has proven to improve energy levels, reduce blood pressure, and increase breath holds.
Here are 3 great yoga poses that help to increase flexibility and strength in your lower back and legs:
Yoga Series 1 Video
Exercise is a great distraction and one of the healthiest ways to reduce stress. Did you know that exercise contributes to a calm and happy outlook? When you move your body, chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins are released into your brain. So, if you’re feeling anxious or depressed go for a walk.
Practice these exercises to keep yourself injury-free while out walking or exercising:
Walking & Running Injury-Free
With limitations on activities, hiking local trails are more appealing as the weather begins to cooperate. Be sure you are prepared for your hike with proper nutrition items, plenty of water, and warmup/cool-down exercises and stretches.
Learn more in our hiking preparation guide and other relevant articles:
Hiking Preparation Guide & More
Mindfulness through Meditation & Breathing
Headspace.com provides a great list of tips for getting started with meditation, and what to do during and after your meditations. Learn their top 13 meditation tips:
The Top 13 Meditation Tips
Breathing through the nose is a primary defense to airborne viruses versus through the mouth. Breathing through the nose can support the body’s natural resistance to infection. Learn more:
Nose Breathing Safe and Simple
Healthy breathing involves our entire being –our mind, body, and spirit. Mechanically, the breath is the dance among the rib cage, abdomen, diaphragm, and the rest of our postural muscles. The breath helps us maintain good posture, stability,and movement patterns. Chemically, the breath also regulates the chemical balance of our blood. This chemical balance influences how oxygen is delivered throughout the body. Psycho-physiologically, the breath helps to regulate our fight/flight system, or the system that allow us to feel content and peaceful.
Therapeutic Associates offers BreathWorks, a physical therapy program that restores healthy breathing to improve posture, stability, and movement. This program aims to foster a deeper sense of well-being. One of the great joys of living on this earth: the expansive sensation of a free, easy, boundless breath that engages the whole of ourselves and connects us with all of life.
Learn more about BreathWorks and see if you may be a good candidate for this program:
Additional Resources & Reading
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a great blog post on ways to manage and cope with stress:
Ways to Manage & Cope with Stress
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a great blog post on mental health coping strategies during Coronavirus:
Coronavirus: Mental Health Coping Strategies
The CDC’s guide for managing stress and anxiety during this time:
Manage Stress & Anxiety
Time Magazine article on how to manage your anxiety about Coronavirus:
Anxiety & Coronavirus
5 tips from Good Morning America on keeping calm while managing your stress around Coronavirus:
5 Tips from GMA
As the seasons and weather change, remember a few tips to manage your stress:
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