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It’s that time of year again. The leaves are starting to fall and a chill in the air is not far behind. So, here are some ideas from the experts at Virtual Health Partners, shared with you to help you  make the most of the season, while staying healthy and feeling good about yourself. Even during the pandemic, there are many wellness activities that we can safely participate in at home, outdoors or virtually.

sitting on a bench outsideTreat #1: Spend Some Quality Time Outdoors
Whether that means walking around your neighborhood, taking your dog for a run around the park or spending an afternoon with your kids in your yard or a park, spending quality time outdoors has many values, especially when so many of us are working from home and home schooling. Outdoor time offers many health benefits, including improved mood, better concentration, and enhanced vitamin D production. So, get out and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather!

Treat #2: Get and/or Give a Massage
Massages are not only relaxing; they can be good for you too. Research shows that massage therapy can improve symptoms of anxiety, chronic headaches, insomnia, and digestive issues. It can also help you recover from tough workouts and sports injuries and leave you feeling renewed. If you don’t have time for a massage or cannot access a professional one during pandemic restrictions then a comforting back rub from your partner, roommate or family member can be soothing. The power of touch can work wonders to make your mind and body feel well.

Treat #3: Take Soothing Warm Baths
When you’re feeling stressed, a warm bath can help in many ways. Put your devices away and take advantage of some “me” time. Indulge by turning on your favorite tunes. Adding essential oils to your bathwater can stimulate your senses and ease a variety of ailments. For example, a bath with lavender oil may promote better sleep and reduce anxiety. Adding colloidal oatmeal to your bath can soothe dry, itchy skin. Just lie back and let your stress melt away.

essential oils lavender aromatherapy Treat #4: Use Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the perfect addition to a wellness routine. Get a lovely essential oil diffuser or aromatic spritzer. Light up your favorite scented candle. Body oils, creams, lotions, bath salts, and infused masks are some other ways to add the benefits of aromatherapy into your lifestyle.

Treat #5: Purchase Some New Gear
According to sports psychologists, new fitness gear can liven up your workout routine. Whether it’s the latest look in yoga pants, a specialized pair of running shoes, the newest wearable activity tracker, fresh fitness finds are a good way to keep you on track to meet and exceed your goals.

Treat #6: Try a New Fitness Class
Trying a new fitness class is another way to spice up a boring fitness routine. Sample a new type of exercise (such as yoga, suspension training, or Pilates) or experiment with hybrid classes, which blend exercise modalities for maximum results. Just visit your local gym or log-on to the VHPGO app and check out all the options to try something new.

Treat #7: Workout with a Buddy
Exercising with a friend is not only more fun, it can also be more effective. Inviting a workout buddy can help you work harder, stay motivated, stick to your fitness goals, and boost your self-confidence. Try a virtual class together to get started and do a run that ends with a coffee treat and friendly chat. It also helps with feeling of isolation to get healthy and stay in shape with a friend.

Treat #8: Read or Listen to a Good Book
Reading for pleasure is always welcome, but many of us forgo this relaxing pastime in favor of our smartphones. However, picking up a book offers many mental health benefits, including increased self-esteem, empathy, and ability to cope with difficulties. A good book is a relaxing way to unwind but listening to an audio book during workouts or while doing chores, may be the high-tech substitute you prefer.

Treat #9: Try a New Hobby
Life is busy, but taking time to enjoy a hobby can improve your mental and physical well-being. Active hobbies, such as tennis and gardening, can burn extra calories and help you soak up the autumn weather. They can often also be done while maintaining safe Covid-19 precautions. Indoor hobbies, such as drawing, painting or crafting, can be enjoyable ways to relax, boost creativity, and learn to enjoy the present moment. Try joining a virtual class or try a new hobby with a friend.

A genderfluid person meditatingTreat #10: Get into Meditation
Meditation, the act of taking time to focus and quiet the mind, can help you become more patient, relaxed, and self-aware. Even better, research shows that meditation may help manage the symptoms of many chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and asthma, to name a few. Meditation is beneficial for the spirit, mind, and body, and can add many benefits to your life.

Remember, getting healthy is the best treat you can give yourself! Log-on to the VHPGO  for access to live and on demand fitness, nutrition, and behavioral modification classes, as well as access to our health and wellness experts. You can also try it out with a free 7 day trial. Virtual Health Partners are here to help you 24/7! Learn more or sign up at virtualhealthpartners.com/mindpathcare.

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Please note that, while we publish accurate information with professional input, no information in this blog is intended as a replacement for medical advice from licensed providers. To receive such advice please contact MindPath Care Centers at mindpathcare.com or call us at 877-876-3783, and we will connect you with a professional who can further assist you.

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.