I'm by no means a mental health expert, however we really all need to make sure to take a mental health break.
I never thought I would say this, but I do it by running. I feel so much better after running and it gives me a chance to clear my thoughts and empty my mind.
Now that spring is (maybe) here, I've started running on the Genesee Vally Greenway. While you may occasionally see other people, you don't see too many.
Not up for a run? Just walk! Afraid of the virus? As long as you aren't downwind of another runner's sweat and snot, you should be fine.
Interested in running, but not sure where to start? I started with Couch25k (this is metric, but it shows the time, which is more important). There are tons of apps that you can put on your phone, or just use the link, it explains what to do.
Exercise brings out endorphins. According to WebMd:
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
Not up for exercise? Try some Mindfulness!
Also from WebMd:
It can mean meditating or simply stopping to smell the roses. However you do it, studies show mindfulness slashes stress, relieves pain, and improves your mood. And scientists are beginning to understand how. One study found that 8 weeks of regular meditation can change parts of your brain related to emotions, learning, and memory. Even washing dishes can be good for your brain, as long as you do it mindfully.
I try and sometimes focus on something from nature using one of my five senses (smell, sight, taste, touch, hearing) and clear my mind. Even holding a smooth rock and warming it up with your hands can be peaceful.
There are also many apps that help with meditation. Two that are on my phone are Headspace and Calm, but there are tons out there.
Please staff safe, calm and love your family.
See you Wednesday everyone!