Keeping our minds healthy
Since lockdown, our already disconcerting mental health statistics, have been sadly exacerbated. More and more people are experiencing low to mid level stress symptoms and many more experience significantly debilitating effects of stress and depression. Each newsletter will feature an article from our guidance counsellor on tips, support and techniques to support us through these challenging times.
Back in February, Kiwis were urged to celebrate "Take a Breath Week". If you haven't heard about "Take a Breath" see follow the link. https://focusmagazine.co.nz/wellness-expert-sarah-laurie-challenges-kiwis-to-take-a-breath-join-her-free-seminar/
Breathing happens naturally, right? Well, yes, it does but how we breathe is important for so many reasons. When we're stressed we tend to breathe in a way that keeps us in a distressed state. Changing the way we breathe can make a huge difference to how we feel and how we deal with stressful situations. For help to improve your breathing you might want to try one of the many apps available for computers, tablets and smart phones.
Try searching for apps using keywords like mindfulness, relaxation and meditation. One I like is available at smilingmind.com.au - it's also free!