Our environment may be overwhelming and stressful at times… and that’s totally okay - remember that you’re not alone. Here are some ways to combat stress.
Self-care during this time is essential and includes our physical as well as mental health. In addition to a good night’s sleep and eating well, here are some mindfulness-based, indoor exercises that can help us reduce our stress level and protect our mental health any time.
Yoga is an ancient practice that includes physical postures, breathing practices as well as meditation to help strengthen your body and calm your mind. It is an excellent stress-relief practice to start at home without the need for any equipment besides a mat or blanket and maybe a block. Grab your yoga mat or a blanket to sit on, find a quiet space in your house - inside or out, wherever you feel comfortable, and then you can enjoy this mind-body practice.
Yoga can help you improve your balance, flexibility, and strength. It can also help you relax and relieve stress.
Tai-chi is a gentle exercise that can be practiced at any age. With the continuous flowing body movements and the practice of “Qi” (the energy flow through the body), Tai-chi is commonly used in the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age, according to Harvard Health Publishing*. It’s the perfect solution if you’re looking for a low impact and slow-motion exercise to release your stress.
Among the three, meditation is probably the easiest one to start. Meditation can be practiced at any time and anywhere you like, preferably somewhere quiet.
Practicing meditation can help increase calmness, physical relaxation, and overall well-being.
All of the above stress-relief exercises can be accompanied by soothing music, which can help the practice to be more relaxing. If you’re not sure where to begin, there are plenty of free instruction videos online, as well as free apps, that can help you to get started. Hope this article helps you find the calming exercise that suits you best. If you have more activities that help you healthfully destress, please share them with your care team.