Feel Better with Five-Minute Yoga

Be more energized with just a few minutes a day of yoga.

Since beginning this blog, we have presented a number of posts on the value of exercise. As well as the implications of feeling tired. To complement these discussions, we now look at yoga. In particular, how to feel better with five-minute yoga.

How to Feel Better with Five-Minute Yoga

What Is Yoga?

For those not fully aware of yoga, we turn to Asia Trend for insights:

Yoga exercises improve circulation, stimulate the abdominal organs, and put pressure on the glandular system of the body, which can generally result to better health. The five principles of yoga are the basis of attaining a healthy body and mind through the practice of yoga.

        1. Proper Relaxation
        2. Appropriate Exercise
        3. Proper Breathing
        4. Suitable Diet
        5. Positive Thinking and Meditation

Also, consider this infographic.

Feel Better with Yoga

Five-Minute Yoga

Could you really do an effective yoga routine in five minutes? According to Stephanie Mansour,  writing for CNN health, the answer is yes:

The countless hours that many of us have sat at a makeshift desk in quarantine can be detrimental — physically and mentally. Hunched over a computer day in and day out, you’re not just wreaking havoc on your posture, but you’re likely feeling out of sorts and drained, too.

If you wake up feeling stressed or overwhelmed with the thought of beginning another day in isolation, a daily yoga practice can be helpful. Practicing brief sessions of yoga and mindfulness can significantly improve energy levels and brain function.

 

Along with the physical practice of yoga, the breathwork,  has a significant positive impact on energy levels and cognitive function. Research has shown that slow, steady breathing linked with movement helps reduce stress and improve autonomic and higher neural center functioning.

 
To learn Mansour’s 5-minute yoga routine (with photos showing her suggested poses), click the image.

Feel Better with Five-Minute Yoga
Stephanie Mansour kicks off her morning with an energizing yoga routine in bed. Here she demonstrates the seated twist.

 

We Need More Humor Now

Trying to brighten your day. 🙂

As we reported in April, laughter is healthy. Two months later, we need more humor now.
 

Chuckles Here: We Need More Humor Now

These cartoons  are intended to be humorous. And again, we realize that humor is in the eye of  the beholder. So, here goes.

We Need More Humor Now
From Love This Pic
From Fuel Running
From LVHN News
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From Times of India
From Kids World Fun

 

How Giving Back Helps Us NOW

You can reduce YOUR anxiety by giving back.

We recently wrote about the importance of  giving back during the COVID-19 virus. Today, we consider how  giving back helps us NOW. Especially with regard to the anxiety and stress we feel.

Marty Nemko,  recently wrote about “Giving as Healing: A Tool for Enhancing Your Mental Health.” Published with Psychology Today:

After a talk by famed psychiatrist Karl Menninger, an audience member asked what to do about a patient who felt a nervous breakdown coming on. Everyone expected Menninger to recommend drugs or in-depth therapy. Instead, he suggested, “Leave your house, find someone in need, and do something to help that person.”

Indeed, my clients and I have found that giving can be healing. That may be especially important today. The double-whammy of the COVID lockdown and racial roiling is making many people sadder, angrier, or more anxious.

These are three giving ideas from Nemko — which will help you feel better too:

    • Do something for neighbors without their knowing it. For example, toss the newspaper from the sidewalk onto their doorsteps. More generous: How about doing a task your neighbor would appreciate, for example, pulling the weeds from his or her front lawn?
    • Do some pro-bono work. For example, mental or physical health professionals might see some more clients for free.
    • Put a flower on someone’s doorstep, anonymously or not.

For other ideas from Nemko, click the image.

How Giving Back Helps Us NOW
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