As early as childhood, most of us were taught the importance of having a healthy and strong immune system. While few individuals later understand the functionality of the immune system, the concept of “living a clean, toxin-free life” is embedded in some of our brains long before we even know what that all means. And even if we go through most of our lives following a healthy lifestyle, there are those great unknown agents of change that strike us and can change our perspective: enter COVID-19.
The next time you head out for a hike or walk, amp up the benefits by turning your trek into a meditation. On top of the physical activity and energy boost, you may also experience additional mental health perks. Studies suggest that being outdoors may help decrease anxiety and depression, increase feelings of well-being, and bring a sense of restoration. Research also links meditation with these same benefits. So why not combine the two into a moving meditation?
10,000 steps a day encouraged you to get moving, and now Active Zone Minutes is helping you optimize those movements. By tracking time spent in specific heart rate zones, Active Zone Minutes helps you work out smarter and more efficiently.
During these challenging times, when emotions tend to run high and change from moment to moment, a little compassion can go a long way. Not only can this kind of kindness benefit your interactions with others, but it may also help you manage any distress you feel. Really.
COVID-19 is causing a lot of change, stress, and anxiety. And for many, the pandemic plus other events, and all of the challenging emotions and experience, can lead to an increase in conflict with partners, children, and loved ones. If you’ve been finding yourself more prone to arguing with your partner or snapping at your children, it’s okay—you’re not alone.