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Practicing mindfulness. Three ways to slow down, find balance, and improve your health.

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It’s important to slow down and unwind on a regular basis. Breaking from our fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles involves refocusing our attention on something calming. There are many ways to practice relaxation techniques. Not sure where to begin? Here are three examples that can help you take mental vacation. 

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Listen to Classical Music

Classical music has been shown to slow down heart rate, lower blood pressure and decrease stress. Rhythm is beneficial to our mind and body. Our muscles synchronize to the beat of music. This means that some classical music approximates the rhythm of the resting heart (70 beats per minute). So, dust of your Tchaikovsky record or just listen to our Spotify playlist here.


Go on a Nature Walk or Hike 

Spending time outdoors can improve overall health and wellness. Going on a walk or hike gives you the opportunity to be physically active while also promoting mental health and stress reduction. Let your mind relax and recharge with the great outdoors whether it’s on a trail or just around the block.

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Try Yoga or Meditation

Yoga and meditation have many mental and physical benefits. If you’re trying meditation for the first time, try to focus on a sound, visualization, or breath. This helps to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. But mostly importantly, it promotes relaxation. 

Sources: CDC, VCU Massey Cancer Center