Feeling stressed? Research by Lemay and colleagues shows that regularly practicing yoga and meditation can help you decrease stress and anxiety. In this small, but meaningful, study, college students participated in a six-week yoga and meditation program. The results show that “students’ anxiety and stress scores decreased significantly while their total mindfulness increased significantly.” Now is a great time to start a weekly practice!
If you cannot make our weekly yoga/meditation class, here are a few digital resources to help you get started. WellTrack is designed to help you understand your mental health and to provide you with immediate help for depression, stress and/or anxiety. The CalmApp and Insight Timer provide hundreds of guided meditations to lower your stress level and improve your sleep. Start with a few minutes every day and work toward making meditation a daily habit.