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Combating Anxiety Series: Workouts

With the closures of gyms and fitness studios in response to nationwide stay at home orders – personal fitness might be the easiest thing to cut from our routines. However, the best at-home workouts don’t necessarily require a ton of equipment – or any equipment at all.  Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, as well as helps relieve stress, improves memory, sleep, and boosts your overall mood. Here’s a list of our current favorites:

1. Yoga/Barre

Yoga is known for not only its focus on toning, stretching, and building muscle, but also its ability to stimulate and ease the mind. The Intentional Journal of Yoga published a  study that showed that students who practiced yoga on a regular basis performed better in academics and improved stress levels.

If you’re feeling stressed, take a quick 15-20 minute break to practice a yoga flow to bring energy back to your mind and body! If you’re a beginner – Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube has a 30-day program titled Home that is easy to follow along, and add to your schedule. 

For a little more sweat – Barre is a popular workout that is inspired by yoga and pilates, but also infuses some dance elements as well, such as ballet. Barre Fitness has been releasing online barre courses to its YouTube channel that you can incorporate into your routine at home with minimal to no equipment!

2. HIIT

HIIT workouts, or High-Intensity Interval Training, is a form of training that is particularly beneficial to your heart and lungs thanks to its combination of short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise. Barry’s Bootcamp is posting workouts on their IG TV/IGLive for you to follow along at home for a 10-30 minute workout! 

Crossfit is a hybrid of HIIT and weight training that helps reduce exercise boredom and adds an element of friendly competition! Crossfit is posting free beginner-friendly workouts online – the best part? Crossfit didn’t use intimidating trainers for their demonstration videos, instead, they used new students to show that anyone can do it!

3. Full Body

Full-body fitness workouts get your body moving and endorphins flowing. Through the Nike Training App there are hundreds of different workouts for you to try and most of them need little to no equipment! In addition, there are plenty of fitness YouTubers like Chloe Ting, Blogilates, and Jeff Nippard that are posting workouts that you can do right from home – for free! Subscription programs like Obé fitness offer free trials for you to test programs before committing!

 

There are plenty of online resources available for us to stick to our routines while we’re all still at home and maintain a sense of normalcy. By working on our physical fitness, we not only help strengthen our body but there are many other benefits to our mental and emotional beings as well! Let us know what you’re doing to stay fit at home!

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Combating Anxiety Series: Spring Cleaning

As we find ourselves spending more time indoors due to shelter-in-place, we might find ourselves staring at that overstuffed closet, or considering finally cleaning out that “junk drawer.” Now is the perfect time to start spring cleaning, disinfecting, and organizing your home with the products you already have. Creating a clean and tidy home allows you to have a calm workspace and lowers the chances of clutter transferring to your mental space. Here are some tips to start spring cleaning in a manageable way:

1. Create a To-Do List Organizing everything might seem extremely overwhelming and you might not know where to start.  It’s best to start by creating a list of what you need to do; you can either work room by room or by category.  Sparking Joy author Marie Kondo suggests that laying everything out by category and then discarding anything that “doesn’t spark joy.” Both strategies can help you discard or donate things you no longer need.

2. 15-minute clean up at the beginning and end of the day The reason our space gets overwhelmingly disorganized is that clutter compounds each day it isn’t taken care of. To avoid this, we recommend a 15-minute clean to start and end your day. If your family or housemates are willing to help, you can split the work and try to get as much done in 15-minutes as you can. This likely will include putting things back to where they belong and wiping down surfaces. Doing this every day will make cleaning a lot more manageable and keeping up with this routine will make a “deep clean” a lot less daunting and more manageable.

3. Make your bed every morning Though this task might take you 5 minutes, it’s a great way to start your day and a made bed instantly transforms your whole room! Start your morning off right by accomplishing one simple task. Navy Admiral William McRaven says, “if you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another… Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

4. Upcycle old jars to house other dried goods or miscellaneous items around the house Reusing old jars can reduce waste while displaying your things in a way that allows you to easily see what you have and what you don’t have. You can remove sticky labels from glass jars with these tips! Aside from using the jars to organize, you can also use old kombucha bottles to store surface cleaner; just pop a spray top on it or add a pump on top for hand or dish soap!

5. Find DIY disinfectants to use around the house if you’re running low on cleaning products With shortages on cleaning supplies, it’s easy to use this excuse to avoid cleaning. However, there are plenty of DIY cleaning products that you can make with ingredients you likely have around the house already. Good Housekeeping provides a few recipes to make your own cleaning solutions at home. The CDC shared tips about how to properly clean and disinfect surfaces in your house and included an at-home bleach solution recipe to properly disinfect surfaces.

6. Make cleaning enjoyable and fun Cleaning can often seem like a chore; however, with the right environment, it can be fun. We recommend putting on a TV show or listening to music to make cleaning a little more enjoyable. Spotify has plenty of cleaning playlists online or make your own! Turn up the volume and have a dance party while vacuuming your floors. Do you need to let off a little competitive steam? Turn cleaning into a game and race against the clock! Compete with housemates or family members by cleaning as much as possible in an allotted time, or turn on your favorite Netflix show and try to complete a task before the episode is over!

Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming at first, but with the right environment and mindset, it’ll go by quickly! We hope these tips can help you organize your home and therefore create a space that relaxes you. Happy cleaning!

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Combating Anxiety Series: Social Activities & Streaming

With our work meetings moving to video conferencing, why not move our meetups with friends as well? Social distancing doesn’t equate to social isolation – We recommend using these platforms as a way to still feel close to your loved ones. Below you’ll find a few ideas we have to make time pass a little faster with genuine laughter between your friends and family!

1. Virtual Parties of Every Type

Workout parties, cooking parties, Netflix parties – why not have them all? Since you may already be doing these things on your own, why not call a friend and do these simple activities together? Through secondary extensions such as Netflix Party, you can easily watch a movie or binge a new series together. Find fun recipes online through online cookbooks such as Bon Appétit or free online workout classes like Orange Theory and do them with a friend virtually, it can make these tasks feel less monotonous and more fun.

2. Happy Hour and Coffee Dates

Grab a drink and hop on the phone with a friend for a quick check-in. It’s especially important during this time for us to check in our loved ones. It can be a short 15-minute call or even a few hours. However, regardless of the length, coffee or cocktails is a great excuse for catching up with friends and family and can alleviate any stress we might be feeling and bring back a sense of normalcy.

3. Online Group Games

Engage in friendly competition through a plethora of games! There are plenty of free games available online: From classic board games like Settlers of Catan and Codenames, or if you’re wanting more unique online games, try Jackbox Games which have party packs available for purchase. And if you’re wanting a puzzle, there are plenty of online jigsaw puzzles that you can work on with your friends! Regardless of which game you choose, there are more options than ever before to stay connected to friends across the street or across the country!

4. Online Workshops

Arts organizations are offering free online workshops that you can join. If you are looking to learn more about production, writing, acting, or dancing signing up for these courses are fun, engaging, and educational! One of MogoARTS’ partners, The Old Globe, is hosting online workshops such as their Community Voices workshop every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00PM PDT which teaches playwriting. Or, for a workshop that might get you sweating, Pennsylvania Ballet is hosting ballet classes every day at 11:00AM EDT on their Instagram Live.

These are just a few ideas to keep you entertained during your time at home and to stay connected with your friends and family. Almost everything you do now can be done with a friend virtually, so give them a call and set up a time to see a familiar face!

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