Feeling stressed out? Take a deep breath and unwind in Andersonville this Nov.
As Chicago gets closer to winter, it’s normal for anxiety levels to rise. The days are getting shorter, holidays are coming up, and the thought of winter makes us all shudder. Thanks to Chicago Mindful Psychology, we can all find a way to cope. Yoga for Anxiety Relief will meet four Fridays in Nov to help Chicagoans prepare for the stress that comes with winter. [Feature photo: @fergavaldon]
The body and mind are in constant communication, sending messages back and forth to warn us of danger, find delight in happy moments, or remind us of not-so-pleasant memories. Chicago Mindful Psychology believes that tapping into these messages and understanding where they come from can help ease anxiety.
With winter arriving, Chicagoans should keep in mind how the changing weather and lack of sun can affect them. On top of holiday stress, many Midwesterners experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (or appropriately named SAD). In fact, 10 million Americans have this disorder and an additional 10 to 20 percent may experience a milder form of SAD. While anxiety and depression are different, mindfulness is a great way to manage unpleasant feelings associated with seasonal changes.
The yoga class will meet Nov 1, 8, 15, 22 from 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. at Chicago Mindful Psychology. Through guided breathwork and gentle yoga poses, students will learn how to manage their anxiety and achieve an understanding of how the mind and body work together. Registration is required in advance and students must bring their own yoga mat. Comfortable clothes and a journal are also recommended.
Where: Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy. Second floor of 5537 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL.
When: Nov 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Cost: $130 for the full series. Participants must register in advance.
Note: Yoga should not be used as a substitute for professional help. If you or someone you know is struggling with difficult thoughts or emotions, please seek out a mental health professional.