ASUMCare4U: Meditation and Yoga

The ASUM team have been sharing some of their ideas with each other and we hope by sharing them with you there may be an idea that resonates to provide a little ‘selfcare’ and kindness for you and those close to you. Whether quiet reflection is your medicine of choice or learning a Bollywood dance to brighten your day, we truly hope this is helpful and inspires you to find time for you with a little extra support from the ASUM team.

ASUMCare4U: Meditation and Yoga

ASUMCare4U: Meditation and Yoga

Published 22 May 2020
by Lyndal from ASUM Team

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Lyndal

ASUM Team

Published 22 May 2020

#ASUMCare4U
#InThisTogether
#WellBeing

Even during isolation, the pace of life continues at a rapid speed and intensity, without the opportunity for downtime in the form of catching up with family and friends, sports, movies and other social events. To help manage change and expectation, the wonderful practice of yoga provides self-care, as well as building strength, flexibility and many other health benefits. It is not about turning yourself into a pretzel but moving consciously and carefully to gain the many mind-body benefits on offer.

Egg of the Universe (a long time favourite of mine) have generously provided a few short videos to give you the chance to finally give yourself a chance to practice both meditation and yoga. Not sure what this is all about, check out the introduction video from EOTU  or a ‘how to’ chaturanga to get you started.

Meditation comes from the Latin word ‘meditatum’ which means ‘to ponder’ and has a long history of practice dating back to 5,000-3,500 BC (BC ≠ Before COVID) to reduce stress and provide relaxation.

We have probably all heard about the benefits of Meditation strengthening concentration and calming the mind, which will be of benefit now and in the future. I am not sure about you, but the moment I attempt to put aside time and clear my mind, it seems to immediately increase the chatter in my head. One option I find helpful is guided meditation (particularly when there is a time limit to stop you wondering ‘how long’). Egg of the Universe have kindly provided us with this short guided meditation to try – surely we all deserve 5 minutes for a little self-care! Try a 5 minute Tonglen Meditation and see how you feel.

There are so many more options you can try from the comfort of your own home and no one will know you are practicing in your pyjamas! Check out the live streaming options for practice here.

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While many of us will have felt overwhelmed or exhausted over the last few weeks, there are a number of red flags listed by BeyondBlue to indicate that you, or someone you know, needs more help.

  • Uncharacteristic behaviour;
  • Getting into a lot of conflict with family, friends or work, can signal you’re overstretched;
  • Making silly mistakes at work;
  • Withdrawing from your world;
  • Massive exhaustion on the weekends;
  • Overly self-critical thoughts;
  • Feelings of depression, hopelessness or worry.

Beyond Blue has a mental health self-checklist, that may provide a good starting point to consider and document your feelings and need for support.

Visit www.coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au for more online mental wellbeing and support resources and discussion forums.

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