Today, the focus is on meditation and movement. You might like the 8 minute introduction to Qigong, the 10-Minute Yoga Practice to reduce anxiety, or the UCLA resource that has meditations in English and Spanish. If you are one of our scuba divers or love our west coast aquariums — check out the beautiful meditation with jellyfish!
We now have 22 local Portland area schools participating! Today calls for a play break — I recommend you dance along to The Fitness Marshall for exercise and a smile.
We are halfway through our Virtual Wellness Week. I hope you are taking the time to enjoy healthy, fun breaks mixed into your school week.
For Wednesday of Wellness Week, Move it! Move it!, you could do an intense Orange Theory class or a fun 305 fitness dance class. Mark Kanemura hosts a live stream dance party every day at 2 PM when your classes end!
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
Smiling is a contagious action, natural painkiller, mood changer, and healthy way to relax and lower your heart rate. Laughing and smiling start a process in our bodies that fights stress and replaces tension with relaxation. A smile releases our feel-good neurotransmitters, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, creating good feelings and transforming our mood, and increasing our health!
Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.,
Skip, Whistle, or Sing Out! These are other brain changers, similar to smiling and laughing!
I do my best singing alone or in the car... I hope you find a good place to sing out loud!