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Mental Health during COVID-19 & how Rocky Mountain Family Practice is here to help

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Top 8 Relaxation Techniques To De-Stress

Every day we have places to go, people to meet, and things to do, but never enough time to wind down and just relax. But fear not, our relaxation tips are here to save your day—and your health. 1. Mediate Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach says, “Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress.” A few minutes of meditation per day can help ease stress and anxiety. Meditation is simple: Sit up straight. Close your eyes. Focus yourself by chanting a positive mantra. While chanting, place one hand on your belly to sync your breaths to your mantra. 2. Reach out Reach out to people by talking to them personally, face to face. Having a strong connection to your social network keeps your life healthy with fresh perspective. 3. Tune in to your body Always mentally scan your body to know its condition. Sometimes we keep on pushing ourselves without considering how it’ll affect our body. 4. Decompress Within your busy day, find a time to decompress. You can use a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for 5–10 minutes while closing your eyes and relaxing your body. Once done with the heat wrap, use a tennis ball or foam roller to massage the tension from your body. 5. Laugh out loud A laugh is not just a laugh. Laughing lowers your cortisol and stress hormones and also boosts endorphins—all these results to a lightened mood and healthy body. 6. Listen to music Listening to soothing music can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety. Nature sounds are the popular choice. You can also just crank up the speakers with upbeat tunes and dance along or, better yet, sing at the top of your lungs. 7. Get moving Release feel-good chemicals in your body by exercising. If you’re not a fan of running or other heavy workout routines, consider doing yoga or running, which gets the same result. 8. Be grateful Nothing is better than having a grateful heart. Keep a gratitude journal that you can visit from time to time to keep the stress at bay.




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