We are undoubtedly living in a time period of unprecedented stress and uncertainty. Increased and prolonged stress levels can have a profoundly negative effect on the body. Stress lowers the immune system, tenses muscles, raises blood pressure, upsets the stomach and can cause insomnia among other ailments. It is important during times of prolonged stress to engage in activities that create a sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
Below you will find a few techniques which we at Amityville Wellness feel are useful tools during times of increased stress.
These activities can be done without the need of going to public places or spending money.
Forest Bathing: Forest bathing, or spending time outdoors in the woods, is a Japanese trend that’s catching on in the U.S. Studies have shown that those who immerse themselves in nature tend to relax more, have lower blood pressure and stress-causing cortisol levels, and get sick less often. Research suggests that interacting with nature can relieve your stress by giving you a new perspective on any challenges you may be facing in your life.
Physical Activity: The benefits of exercise extend far beyond physical fitness. In addition to boosting your heart rate, regular aerobic activities help your body release endorphins that can make you feel less stressed and more positive. Great solo exercises, depending on your state of fitness, include going for a run or walk around the block, practice Yoga in your living room or backyard, go for a hike or a bike ride.
Meditation: Research has found that by simply meditating on a regular basis in the comfort of your home or backyard, can reduce inflammation, increase memory, lower stress, alleviate pain and anxiety and improve sleep. Try meditating for 15 minutes a day, increase as desired, and see the difference it makes in your state of mind and physical wellbeing. Meditation isn’t complicated, but it does take deliberate practice. While there’s no set dosage, most studies show that practicing meditation daily for 15-20 minutes yields the most noticeable results over a several-week period.
It is important during times of stress to find outlets. These three examples above are activities which you can do without coming into physical contact with others and are readily available to you now without the need of travel. After these stressful times pass, which like all things, inevitably will, these activities are useful tools which can be utilized to combat the normal stress of everyday life in years to come. We at Amityville Wellness wish you all good health and wellbeing and look forward to seeing you during brighter days in the near future.
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