New strate­gies to de-stress on Men­tal Health Day

South Burnett Times - - SPORT - YOGA:

To mark World Men­tal Health Day on Oc­to­ber 10, there was free yoga at O’Neill Square in Kin­garoy with a fo­cus on teach­ing strate­gies to man­age stress.

The free class at­tracted 30 peo­ple and was lead by Re­nee Fiedler, teacher and owner of The Glo Project stu­dio in Kin­garoy.

“In the class I took ev­ery­one through a breath­ing ex­er­cise and really taught them how to breathe be­cause peo­ple don’t know how to breathe prop­erly,” Fielder said.

“Once you get that breath, it is the most pow­er­ful tool to re­duce stress and anx­i­ety in the body nat­u­rally.

“We can re­duce blood pres­sure and heart rate and we start to bring our body into a state of re­lax­ation.

“This uses the parasym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem which calms the mind.

“It is a phys­i­cal and men­tal way that we can re­duce stress and ten­sion in the body.

“There are all sorts of dif­fer­ent ap­proaches as to how yoga can ben­e­fit stress and anx­i­ety and it can be very gen­tle or strength based.

“The aim was to teach those peo­ple a few tech­niques and how we can deal with it, it doesn’t mat­ter what walk of life ev­ery­one pretty much will face some kind of men­tal health is­sue

whether they’re a stu­dent, pro­fes­sional, un­em­ployed or mother and it’s good to have some pre­ven­ta­tive strate­gies, and yoga is def­i­nitely a great strat­egy.

“I have been prac­tis­ing since the birth of my first child and she is 11 now.

“I found it was my num­ber one go-to for par­ent­ing, it makes me a bet­ter and more calm mother.”

World Men­tal Health Day is an ini­tia­tive of the World Fed­er­a­tion for Men­tal Health to raise public aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues world­wide and is a day for global men­tal health ed­u­ca­tion, aware­ness and ad­vo­cacy.

This day also co­in­cides with Queens­land Men­tal Health Week, Oc­to­ber 8-14, 2017.

About half of all Aus­tralians ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal ill­ness in their life­time, and about one in five Aus­tralians ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal health is­sue in any one year.

Ac­cord­ing to Be­yond Blue 3 mil­lion Aus­tralians are liv­ing with anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion

Fielder said the ben­e­fits peo­ple saw from yoga would be­come greater when they prac­tised more fre­quently.

“Peo­ple will come for phys­i­cal ben­e­fits to start with and then the more they prac­tice they see men­tal ben­e­fits,” she said.

Visit be­yond­blue.org.au for men­tal health sup­port.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DE-STRESS: Yoga at O'Neill Square on Tues­day morn­ing.

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