Caring for your mental health - TGB Charity
Decompress in a Post-Pandemic World

The ongoing pandemic has been affecting our lives one way or another. More and more people start to experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, and loneliness. TGB Charity encourages the public to learn more about mental health and shares 3 ways that could help with fighting anxiety and decompress during this difficult time.

Have you tried yoga?

Originated in ancient India, yoga is a spiritual practice and a way to cultivate self-discipline. It is now a popular form of exercise in the west and around the world. Yoga can improve our physical and mental wellness and help us explore our spirituality. 

Yoga for beginners:
1. Start with self-acceptance. Yoga is more than an exercise, it is also a life-changing experience to truly connect with yourself.
2. Release expectations and empty thoughts.
3. Understand the core of yoga. It’s about breathing, exploring your inner-self, creating freedom in the body rather than being extremely flexible or turning your body into fancy shapes. 
4. Feel your breath, notice the inhale, pause and exhale.
5. Learn to stay still and focus.
6. Begin with basic yoga poses, Insider shared 10 easy yoga poses for beginners, a great resource to help get you started!

Meditation, where do we start?

Research from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology showed that spending 5-10 minutes meditating every day for a week’s time can significantly reduce anxiety and improve focus and concentration. Aside from psychological benefits, meditation can also help with depression, high blood pressure, and sleeping disorders.

Meditation is actually much easier than you think, TGB Charity puts together a step-by-step guide to get you started.

1. Find your meditation space, sit cross-legged with a straight spine. However, you do not have to sit a certain way to meditate, the most important thing is to be comfortable and relaxed.
2. Adjust your breath, follow the sensation as it goes in and goes out.
3. Close your eyes to shut out distractions.
4. Relax the body and notice every part of your body as you release the tension.
5. Be aware of every thought you are having, allow them to come up, and pass by, without any judgment or attachment.
6. Focus on your breathing to quiet your mind.
7. Gently open your eyes when you are ready.

Light exercises are easy and effective

A study from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden suggests that light physical activity may benefit health more than previously thought. This may come as a surprise for people who think that only moderate to vigorous exercise can make a difference. In fact, light exercises such as walking slowly, cooking, vacuuming can bring positive effects on your physical and mental health, as long as you continue doing it every day for a certain amount of time. 

TGB Charity stands up for mental health and continues to support our global community. 


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