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Mindfulness or yoga for anxiety

Mindfulness or yoga for anxiety
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Updated 19th July 2021- We recommend the Coronavirus page on the government website for more up to date information.

The coronavirus outbreak  over the past year and a half has meant that life has changed for all of us. This might mean you’re feeling anxious, stressed or worried, this is a normal reaction, and it’s okay for you to feel this way. But there are some things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and well-being.

If you’ve been feeling anxious, you could try mindfulness or yoga to help, here’s how to get started.

Mindfulness for anxiety

According to the NHS, mindfulness helps us become more aware of the present moment and begin to experience things that we have been taking for granted. This level of awareness can help us notice signs of stress and anxiety earlier and help us deal with them better.

The first step to being more mindful is reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, how your body is feeling and the world around you. This could be noticing the breeze as you walk, or paying more attention when you’re eating, to the taste, sight and textures of what you eat.

You could also try mindfulness meditation, colouring or downloading apps that can help. 

Guided meditation

You could also check out our wellness series with Cat Meffan to show how meditation and mindfulness can help us all get through difficult times, featuring guided meditation to help with letting go off stress and anxiety.

There have been many studies that suggest that yoga can help with stress and anxiety. It can help lower tension, help you relax, help you regulate your breathing and increase your awareness of your own body. It can also help you let go of your worries, when you practice yoga it gives you an opportunity to focus on your body and breath and let go of your day.

Practicing yoga can also help you learn to let go over your worries at other times too. If you’re interested in trying out yoga, there are plenty of online classes of videos you can follow along to. You could try one that specifies on yoga and anxiety.

For some the road-map out of lockdown might bring feelings of anxiety or worries, read our blog on managing post-lockdown anxiety.

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References

www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness
www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/think-act-be/201609/7-ways-yoga-lowers-stress-and-anxiety