We are all stressing out right now. We don’t know what to do about this invisible enemy. To make matters worse, we are forced to be “socially distant” which means no human contact. This stress can wreck our health! If we don’t learn how to manage it in a healthy way, we can develop chronic diseases later.
One very easy practice you can do is breathe. Shallow breathing and stress go together like PB&J. Retraining your body to take deeper breaths will help you feel more relaxed and it can even help
strengthen your deep core muscles.
Make time for belly (aka diaphragmatic) breathing sessions every week (or even daily). You
can do this lying down or seated. Note: This one can make you feel sleepy until
you get used to it, so if you choose to recline, be prepared to take a nap!
- Sit comfortably in a chair, your knees bent and your shoulders, head and neck relaxed. Place one hand on your belly just below your rib cage, and the other on your upper chest.
- Breathe in slowly through your nose, feeling your stomach move out against your hand. The hand against your chest shouldn’t move.
- Next, draw your stomach in as you exhale through your mouth. Again, the hand on your upper chest should remain still.
- Repeat for 3-5 minutes.
Heal Your Body
A healthy body is a resilient body, which means you’re better able to ward off the negative effects of stress.
- Getting regular exercise will boost your “feel good” hormones and your immune system.
- Eating a healthy, whole foods diet will help you keep blood sugar levels more stable, which is
crucial since stress hormones can wreak havoc on them.
- Be sure to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to help your body recover and restore for the coming day.
- Quick Tip: Set a timer on your phone at regular intervals to get up and move around, and work off excess energy during the day.
I know it’s difficult right now. You may have been laid off, maybe you work for an essential business that is on the front lines helping to fight this virus. Maybe you’re like me and trying your best to keep your family safe. The truth is, we are all stressed and if we don’t manage it correctly, right now, it will cause damage later, long after there’s a cure for this virus.
So that I can support you in managing this stress in a healthy way, I want to share two guides with you and they are below. One is 24 Ways to Reduce Stress and the other is my popular workout guide with 20 indoor workouts you can do while you’re socially distancing.
Are you feeling stressed right now? How are you handling it? Let me know in the comments below.