How to Maintain Your Sanity in Today's World

How to Maintain Your Sanity in Today's World

A wise man once said, "The times they are a-changin'" and these days that doesn't seem so far from the truth. 

Amidst all that is going on, and apparently no matter where you are in this world, we have all come to face new realities. 

Here at Fortify, our primary focus has been to spread health through simple innovations that contribute to the idea of a healthy mind, body, and spirit. 

As it stands now, we are all faced with the same understanding. That is that our lives, our routines and to some extent our freedom is changed for an unknown amount of time.

Considering this, we now all face a new state of well being that mostly compounds a heightened sense of anxiety, stress, and fear.  Although this is perfectly normal with all that is going on, the most important thing that Fortify has come to realize is that our goal is to bring you some form of solace in a time where things seem to be spiraling.  

Although our normal routines are no longer our normal routines, there is one thing that resilient in all of us, and that is humanity's remarkable capability to pivot, redirect, and adapt. 

That's why it is our mission is to help bring you structure in a time where people may need it the most. 

By focusing our attention towards exercise, your body will find itself creating a natural defense against the onslaught of anxiety, tension, and/or fear you may be currently experiencing

Allowing yourself this time will not only restore your balance, but it will also prevent you from feeling confined and/or claustrophobic. 

There are two primary areas that we feel are essential for you to achieve in order to maintain your sanity, and that is Movement & Breathing

Movement has many benefits whether you are doing it in place or jogging around.  The purpose of movement is to assist your body in the following ways:

  • Lowering Blood Pressure
  • Increases Blood Flow
  • Reduces Anxiety 
  • Promotes Healthy Sleep
  • Boosts Mood 

Movement is essential for the systemic wellbeing and performance of your body.  That said, take time everyday to do the following for just 15-20 minutes.  Repeat 5 times with 1 minute rest in between each round:

 

  1. Jumping Jacks 20 times
  2. Pushups 10 times
  3. Air Squats 15 times
  4. Planks 30 seconds

In order for your exercise to be effective you must also incorporate one's ability to perform concentrated breathing techniques while in motion.  Breathing will help your movement by allowing your body to achieve the following:

  • Decreasing Stress
  • Improving Immunity
  • Increases Energy
  • Lowers Blood Pressure 

Attempt these breathing techniques while you implement our instructed movements.  For the breathing technique, please use the 4-7-8 method: 

 

  1. Empty the lungs of air
  2. Breathe in quietly through the nose for 4 seconds
  3. Hold your breath for a count of 7 seconds
  4. Exhale forcefully through the mouth, pursing the lips and making a “whoosh” sound, for 8 seconds
  5. Repeat this cycle up to 4 times

 

By practicing both exercise and breathing simultaneously, you will begin to take notice that your body will find its equilibrium because you are allowing your body to purge itself of debilitating factors that are keeping most of us up at night.

The next time you feel like the walls are closing in on you or that your anxiety is slowly starting to creep up, remember that exercise has always proven to be the main catalyst of a sound mind

Now is the time to practice your best judgement by taking the time each and every day to release unwarranted stress. 

Stay well and remain healthy.  

 

- Team Fortify