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Growing Healthy Communities: Mindfulness And Stress

We are all subject to stressful moments in life and living during a pandemic can cause extra stress. Did you know that stress can negatively impact your body? It can!

Here are a few tips that can help you reduce and manage stress:

  • Mindfulness meditation can help clear your thoughts and increase calmness.
  • Take deep breaths when needed as deep breathing is a great stress reducing technique.
  • Exercise often and consider outdoor activities like walking as it helps increase endorphins and improves mood.
  • Get plenty of sleep, as sleep deprivation can increase stress levels
  • Make it a priority to connect with others and be willing to share concerns that may be stressful, sharing your feelings sometimes is the best therapy.

You can find more information at mindful.org.

Dr. Janea Snyder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) in Health Education and Promotion for the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where she majored in Health Studies. Both her undergraduate and master's degrees were conferred at UA Little Rock. Dr. Snyder hosts Community Development Minute on KUAR, a one-minute educational program, which highlights the work of Community Development organizations like the University District Development Corporation (UDDC), which supports the UA Little Rock neighboring communities. She serves on the board of the UDDC.