Take Care of Your Well-being During this Uncertain time
We are undoubtedly going through hard times, as a country and as a world. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is on everyone’s mind, and reasonably so.
Yet it is important to not let it consume all of our time and mental energy. Everything must run its course and within each of us is the power to ease the effects we are all experiencing.
Keeping positive, being kind, and following safety measures is the first step in achieving this!
"If you are being positive and strong in difficult times, half of your problems will be solved automatically.” - Anurag Prakash
Allow Wellness into your Home
Focus on wellness in this time of uncertainty. While you are at home try and do the following:
Stay in touch with family and friends either over the phone or through video chats
Keep yourself busy. Try a hobby you’ve been meaning to, read, experiment with cooking, watch films, or even give online learning a shot!
Do a light exercise once a day either within your home or outside if you can
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Activate and Strengthen your Lung Meridian with Qi gong
Qi gong (pronounced chee-gun) combines meditative and physical exercises which help to calm the mind and body. Your lungs are an important reservoir for your Qi, or circulating life force. It is always vital to keep your lungs healthy and strong.
Today, more than ever, your lungs could use a little extra care and love.
Practicing a few Qigong exercises will help strengthen and clear your lungs. Your body will take in more oxygen while releasing more carbon dioxide.
Abdominal Breathing to Heal the Lungs:
While inhaling, drop your diaphragm and push your abdomen out, as your lungs expand and fill with air
Exhale through your mouth while gently chanting “see-ahh”
Repeat three times
Next try a couple of simple exercises written below or simply do the Video!
Here is a great guided Qigong exercise for beginners!
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Exercise one: Gentle Sway
Start by moving both of your arms from the shoulders. This is done by gently twisting at your waist. Do this for five minutes.
Move your arms side to side across your torso and then back to the front, keeping your knees slightly bent and let your hips sway.
Allow your mind to clear. Focus on letting go of any stress. As you progress, you may shift your focus to only be on your body swaying.
This exercise should last 10-15 minutes.
Exercise Two: The Bounce / Shaking Tree
Stand with your feet parallel and shoulder-width apart.
Begin bouncing with your knees loose and arms hanging at your side like wet noodles.
Keep your shoulders natural, neither pulled back or slumped forward.
Bounce for about three minutes starting out. You should feel a deep sense of relaxation as your organs hang down.
Helpful Info from the NHS
Stay at home to stop Coronavirus spreading!
You should only leave the house for very limited exceptions like basic necessities and medications. Even then, this should be as infrequent as possible!
If you must leave your home, ensure that you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household
Some Do’s and Don’ts:
DO wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
DO use hand sanitiser gel when you cannot wash your hands
DO cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your arm whenever you sneeze or cough
DON’T use your hands to cover a sneeze or cough
DO wash your hands immediately upon returning home
DO wipe down surfaces and items you bring into your home
DON’T touch your eyes, nose, mouth, and face if your hands are not clean
All around the world we are withstanding and fighting COVID-19 together. As each day passes, we are more informed and prepared to face this together as a community. Let us support each other while taking the time to protect our energies, health, and well-being. Together we will make it through this.
“Union gives strength” -Aesop
Newsletter by: Renée Schweizer
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