GET UP & MOVE
The simple acts of getting up, getting out and moving our bodies are scientifically proven to reduce stress and improve our perspective. When we’re feeling so much anxiety, stress or anger in the moment, it can be hard to think clearly or to decide how to react or what to do next. If the situation allows you to step away for a minute, talk a walk around the block to let yourself breathe and calm down.
If you can incorporate it into your school or work day, try to get up and move around every hour or two. It does amazing things for your body and for your mind. Many of the health and fitness apps have features that will remind you to get up and move around if you’ve been sitting still for extended periods of time.
Incorporating exercise into our weekly routines is important for protecting our emotional health. Most doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week. The good news is that the 30 minutes of exercise don’t have to be all in one stretch for emotional health benefits. You can spread it out in three 10 minute walks throughout the course of your day.
The videos below walk you through quick yoga and stretching exercises that can also help you use movement and exercise to feel calmer and improve your brain function.