Woman practising Yoga

You don’t have to be able to bend into a pretzel to enjoy the benefits of yoga.

19 June 2020

The way we live our day-to-day lives has changed in many ways as a result of COVID-19, and understandably this is affecting our mental health as a community. It’s normal to feel frustrated, distressed or overwhelmed in coping with changes and being separated from family and friends. Equally some of us may experience these feelings as restrictions are easing.

The International Day of Yoga is on Sunday 21 June. Yoga is a fantastic activity that helps to improve flexibility, muscle tone and mental health. By focusing on mindfulness, breathing and the movements of your body, yoga can help you ‘switch off’, de-stress and unwind.

Yoga involves performing a series of movements or postures in time with your breathing. It’s an exercise that can be done in a relatively small space, such as your loungeroom, balcony or patio, and there are plenty of free videos available to follow on YouTube. It’s just one of the recommendations on the ACT Health website to help with maintaining good mental health.

However, if you’re having very strong feelings of worry, unease or fear and you’re struggling to cope it’s really important to seek support.

A visit to your GP is a good place to start as they can help with referrals to mental health professionals, prescription of medications or lifestyle advice that can all make a big difference.

You can also call or visit the following organisations:

  • Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • Headspace Canberra: 5109 9700
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
  • Canberra Health Services Access Mental Health: 1800 629 354 or 02 6205 1065

If your situation is life-threatening, call triple zero (000) immediately for help or visit your nearest emergency department.

For more information about mental health, visit health.act.gov.au.

All Canberra

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