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DeStressing in Stressful Times

Resources to help you de-stress in stressful times. Created in response to global COVID-19 pandemic.

Hone your stress-relieving skills!

Like many things, managing your response to stress takes practice, and practice takes time. Work on honing your stress relief skills with these suggestions.

Meditation

Meditation can have numerous health benefits, "including reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, as well as improved memory and increased brain efficiency with sustained attention. Meditation is also known to induce physiological benefits such as lowering blood pressure, heart rate, epinephrine, metabolism, breathing pattern and increased melatonin."¹ There are many popular paid apps that can help with guided meditation, and some free resources linked below.

1. Ooi, S.L. and Pak, S.C. (2019). The landscape of current meditation research: An overview to the special issue on 'Health benefits of meditation'. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 4(2) 1-8. doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902033

Exercise

Exercise is known to have stress-mitigating effects.¹

Fitness Blender

Workout videos for every fitness level. Absolutely free. We believe fitness should be accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of income level or access to a gym. That's why we offer hundreds of free, full-length workout videos, the most affordable and effective workout programs on the web, delicious whole food meal plans, and helpful health, nutrition and fitness information.


7 Minute Workout

With more than 3 million downloads, The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout® App is the fast, simple, science-based way to work out anywhere, anytime. Designed by Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, the workout has helped people around the world get the most out of every minute. And now our world class, personalized workout experience is on Apple Watch – so your workout is always with you!


RunKeeper

Join the running community that helps people get out the door and stick with running forever. Go for a run, walk, or any activity really! You'll get a clear view of your training in real time. Join challenges, snag workout rewards, and share achievements with your friends.

1. Herring, M. P. (2018). Exercise for the Management of Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders. In Exercise-Based Interventions for Mental Illness (pp. 19–52). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-812605-9.00002-2
 

Deep Breathing Exercises

Progressive Muscle Relaxation