We’re all stressed out. The American Psychological Association’s Stress in America 2020 poll recently found that many Americans feel stressed from COVID-19. They also found higher levels of general stress compared to recent years. We know that stress can negatively impact our bodies. According to the Mayo Clinic, headache, muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, upset stomachs, and sleep problems are some examples of stress’s effects. It’s important to our general health and wellness to lessen stress as much as we can. And while you can’t control the coronavirus, you can control your stress levels. Here are some holistic health practices that may help soothe your nerves:
Most of us have at least heard of yoga’s potential for improving our health and reducing stress. And there is a good reason for the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter’s physical benefits for the body include increasing endorphin release, which may induce relaxation. Laughter yoga combines the best of both into a fun, energizing practice. Want to try it out? Collective Wellness Holistic Healing Center is located in Durham, N.C. and offers Laughter Yoga.
Pet owners know firsthand the benefits of animals. According to an article from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, pets and therapy animals may help lessen stress and anxiety, along depression and feelings of social isolation. Like laughter yoga, goat yoga combines another winning pair. Ready to do some yoga with goats? Check out Unite Us Yoga and Creative Movement in Greensboro, N.C.
Meditation often comes to mind when we think of stress relief. And there are many kinds of meditation – like Ayurveda. Rooted in India, its thorough framework for wellness encompasses physical and mental health. And meditation constitutes a powerful healing tool for Ayurvedic practitioners. Want to try it out? Head to The Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, N.C. Bonus: While you’re there, check out some of the other “safecation” activities in the area.
Channeling the benefits of exercise against stress, along with meditation, qigong comes from Chinese medicine and martial arts. This moving meditation incorporates breathing and postures to quiet the mind and soothe all that chattering tension. Does moving meditation sound like something you’d like to try? RiverFlow Holistic in Charlotte, N.C. is offering virtual classes.
Another Chinese medical practice — acupuncture — may offer some stress relief with the help of needles. According to an article in Psychology Today, acupuncture releases endorphins and may help with stress, anxiety and even depression. Acupuncturists gently insert needles across the body, to induce relaxation and also help with an assortment of conditions (like back pain). To The Point Acupuncture in Raleigh, N.C. offers these acupuncture services.
So, next time COVID-19 makes you feel anxious, you can try and help relieve some of the tension with these holistic health stress-reducing practices.