In Events, Survivors

STEFANIE GLINIANY

In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA’s Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares some simple ways you can incorporate complementary therapies into your life.

We learned about complementary therapies during our last virtual Living Well meeting. Although some therapies require seeing a provider, I was reminded how much we can do at home or outside.

One idea is practicing mindfulness, which you can do anywhere and anytime. Simply pay attention to what is happening in the present moment with openness and a willingness to be with what is. My goal each morning is to take 5-10 minutes to practice. I sit outside on my deck, focus on my breathing and set my intention for the day. This always helps me jump start my day.

Other mind-body practices you could try at home are yoga or tai chi, guided imagery, meditation or connecting with nature. Incorporating some of these practices in our everyday lives can help increase our overall wellbeing. I challenge you to pick one of these practices and try it out this week!

A resource I have found helpful is a weekly virtual stress buster class held by the Earl Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. They have other great virtual classes you can check out as well!