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The One Aspect of Health You’re Overlooking

As routines, jobs, financial security and physical health have been a major cause of concern for millions across the U.S., mental health awareness has never been more important. As the number of cases of the coronavirus and the unemployment rate have steadily grown, so has the associated anxiety.  

Severe stress and anxiety enact significant damage to both physical and psychological health. When mental health is strugglingit can cause ripple effects impacting day to day functionality and efficiency, as well.  

In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, we’re sharing 7 resources to help decompress and relieve stress. 

 Meditation:  

Meditation is widely used as a regular practice to reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote awareness. For those new to meditation, consider using one of these guided meditation YouTube videos or podcasts from Positive Psychology. 

 Sleep: 

Stress can significantly affect an individual's ability to fall asleep, stay asleep or get quality rest. Consider trying this mindfulness practice for better sleep 

Exercise:  

Getting active, even for a short amount of time, is proven to improve mood and reduce stress through the release of endorphins. While gyms may be closed, consider trying an at-home workout with a free 30-day trial of the Peloton appDaily Burn or the FitBody app. 

Read: 

Reading can reduce stress by shifting your mental awareness. Consider a few inspirational reads recommended by LaSallians including:  

  • Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis 

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey 

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand  

  • Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch 


 Give Back: 

According to Cleveland Clinic, giving back is one way to help mental health and stress levels. It is proven to lower blood pressure, increase self-esteem and lower instances of depression. While traditional means of donating time or money may not be feasible right now, check out our blog post for ideas on how to give back during the Coronavirus.  

White Noise: 

A calming white noise as you sleep or in the background as you work can promote a sense of serenity. Consider listening to river sounds or other calming nature sounds.  

Crisis Text Line: 

Isolation can be lonely, and there is a lot of uncertainty right now. If you are experiencing significant stress, reach out for help. Crisis counselors are available through the Crisis Text Line for free 24/7. 

 

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