This week, Donna is offering tips on how to manage your stress (and therefore your overall health!) in this time of great uncertainty. We are working with Donna to offer virtual qigong classes. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, enjoy the video below of Donna demonstrating qigong basics in the Montgomery Pinetum.
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part 2: manage Stress and anxiety
It has taken me awhile to collect my thoughts and adapt to life in this new normal. I hope you are well and keeping yourself and your mind engaged. As surreal as these times are, I think it is important to stay positive and use our time wisely. I don’t know about you, but there are so many projects that I have been trying to get to but never seem to have the time. Take those classes, read those books, organize those photos, learn that language! Let’s hope I don’t look back and say “what did I do all those months?” When will we ever get this amount of uninterrupted time again? Hopefully, not anytime soon but at least we can make the best of it.
While adjusting to the ever-changing status quo I am grappling with what I can do to help in these stressful times. Although I am not seeing patients in person right now and I am seeing them medicine can help.
Manage Stress and Anxiety: One is to help with stress and anxiety by practicing qigong and meditation. For the past year I have been teaching qigong here in Greenwich. This ancient slow-moving exercise, using breathing techniques and mediation has been used for thousands of years in Asia. As a matter of fact, they have been using qigong in hospitals to help patients who are recovering from the coronavirus deal with anxiety and fear. By focusing on being present in our body and breath we can calm the nervous system, lower the heart rate and strengthen the immune system.
In China the medical system has always used the time-tested system of herbal medicine in conjunction with western treatments but now they have been using it aggressively to help people have better outcomes with the covid-19. Many formulas boost the immune system and others fight the virus and relieve symptoms, like clearing the lungs of mucus or lowering fever, for example. They found that patients recovered faster and were less ill during their active phase.
Part 3: Mindful Eating
Part 4 mindful practice
Begin a Mindful Practice: Relieve stress with some sort of regular mindfulness activity, exercise, stimulate your mind, get enough sleep, and eat nourishing foods that don’t tax the body so it can do its job well to ward off illness and heal. Writing in a journal would be a very therapeutic exercise to take up now. Sometimes just putting fears and worries down on paper make them seem less scary.
So, to sum it all up, We are starting to get used to this new normal but we will be so amazed to look back on how surreal this is!
--Donna Bunte, Donna Bunte Whole Health
(P.S. Please remember you can always shop the GBC Greenhouse virtually and we will arrange, safe pick up for your purchases. - GBC)