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With the COVID 19 taking the world by storm, it can be difficult not to be stuck in a state of anxiety. Every day, people can get worried about their health and all that’s been happening in the news and social media, not to mention the lack of preparedness for a lockdown and the increasing time spent mostly at homes.
During these tough times, we should focus not only on our physical health but also on our mental wellbeing. Luckily, you can choose a positive way to respond to stress and anxiety.
The following simple breathing exercises can help you relax and calm your emotions:
This comes from Pranayama or the yogic practice of breathing, it may take a little more focus but it’s definitely worth it.
Benefits: You can practice it anywhere and anytime, it can help you to fall asleep easier.
Also known as belly breathing, this one is the simplest and can be done either sitting or lying down.
Benefits: It can lower your blood pressure and heart rate. It also improves your stability of your core muscle.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is an anxiety-reduction technique based on the simple practice of tensing or tightening one group of muscles at a time followed by a relaxation phase as the tension is being released.
Benefit: PMR technique is reported to help people with insomnia fall asleep faster.
Remember, we are bigger than the anxieties that we face. Let’s keep finding reasons to stay calm and happy. We can also reach out to our friends and loved ones if things feel heavier.
Keep calm and keep safe.