New strategies to de-stress on Mental Health Day
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.
DE-STRESS: Yoga at O'Neill Square on Tuesday morning.