3 WORKOUTS FOR STRESS RELIEF
Stress management is an important part of maintaining your overall health. The events of these last fewmonths have created a lot of extra stress in all our lives. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, here are some exercises you can do at home to help you relax. YOGA Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines, which can be really helpful when you’re feeling stressed. You don’t have to be able to bend yourself into a pretzel in order to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Any level of stretching can lead to a great workout. Plus, the Mayo Clinic has found that yoga can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Find excellent, free yoga videos you can do at home at YouTube.com/user/yogawithadriene/ . TAI CHI The Mayo Clinic has called tai chi “a gentle way to fight stress.” Developed as a martial art in ancient China, today tai chi is usually used as a meditative exercise that prompts strength and flexibility. There are many forms and styles of tai chi. When you find a style you enjoy, tai chi can quickly become an effective exercise for stress relief. While attending a class with a master is the best way to learn tai chi, you can also practice at home with books or videos. GARDENING Typical gardening tasks, like raking, weeding, and harvesting, exercise most of the muscles in your body. Research from the University of Arkansas found that women aged 50
or older who gardened at least once a week had higher bone density measurements than those who were sedentary or did other forms of physical fitness. Additionally, The American Institute of Stress found that gardening is a very effective form of stress relief. This is because gardening promotes personal creativity and mental focus and helps you get more vitamin D from sunlight. Not sure how to start your garden in the wake of a pandemic? The National Gardening Association has put together some great resources at Garden.org/covid19/ . Exercise in general is a great source of stress relief. If these options don’t speak to you, feel free to explore other workouts you’ll enjoy. The important thing is to stay healthy and relaxed.
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9. All patients will be screened prior to their appointments for fever, cough, shortness of breath, cold/flu symptoms, red eyes, loss of smell/taste, and body aches.
10. Telemedicine appointments will still be available for higher risk patients and for routine follow-up issues (like test results, etc.).
11. For surgeries and office procedures, we will arrange for patients to have a COVID-19 test 1-2 days before the procedure date.
As a doctor, the health and safety of my patients has always been my No. 1 priority. The COVID-19 pandemic made that responsibility all the more serious. In an ideal world, we could all stay home until a vaccine is readily available. Of course, this isn’t a realistic option. People need to go to work or go to the doctor. We can’t stay inside watching Netflix for the rest of the year, so we need to do our part to minimize the risk as much as possible.
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–Dr. Seth Evans
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