Here are 4 ways Richardson residents can curb stress, anxiety brought on by fear of coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends regular exercise to combat coronavirus-related stress and anxiety. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends regular exercise to combat coronavirus-related stress and anxiety. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends regular exercise to combat coronavirus-related stress and anxiety. (Courtesy Fotolia)

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Area businesses and organizations are providing free or low-charge services to help soothe stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus. Here is a few ways residents can tend to their mental well-being during this time of crisis.

Join a meditation livestream

Richardson-based Dallas Meditation Center is hosting guided meditation livestreams every Wednesday from 7-7:30 p.m. via the Awakening Heart Youtube channel. Each session is followed by a reading or a talk. Community discussions sometimes follow via a separate video conference. To support the center’s efforts, visit this link or text "Mindful" to 44321.

Do yoga online

Several Richardson yoga studios are offering live and on-demand yoga classes.


Richardson studio Yoga Chikitsa is offering free classes five days a week between 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The classes are held via the studio’s Youtube channel, which also includes on-demand classes. The studio is requesting donations to support the effort. To make a donation, visit this link.

Reef Point Yoga is offering free yoga and meditation classes on weekdays via Facebook Live. The studio is requesting donations be sent via the Venmo app to @reef_point_yoga. Weekly schedules can be found on the studio’s Facebook page.

Fit Yoga is offering daily online classes via the teleconference tool Zoom. The sessions are free for studio members and $10 per class for nonmembers. For more information on how to sign up, visit www.fityogajill.com.

Call a mental health support line

The North Texas Behavioral Health Authority has activated a mental health support line that is available to residents of Dallas County. Trauma-informed support and psychological first aid is available to those experiencing stress and anxiety during this crisis, according to a newsletter from the city of Richardson. The line can be reached 24/7 at 833-251-7544.

Collin County residents in need of assistance can call the LifePath Systems crisis hotline at 877-422-5939.

Explore the city’s art walk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends regular exercise to combat anxiety and depression during this crisis. The Richardson Art Walk is 3 miles long and features eight pieces of public art ranging from sculptures to fountains. Five art pieces are in the CityLine area, while the remainder are in the Galatyn Park area. For more information, visit this link.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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