When Jeff Halevy faces stress, the fitness expert who has helped both clients and public health initiatives turns to three remedies: mindful meditation, gentle yoga and nightly Epsom salt baths.
Halevy, a contributing fitness expert for several major television networks, works with clients ranging from Hollywood and Wall Street “royalty” to true international royalty. He guides them toward health and happiness, whether it’s a battle against obesity, depression and addiction, or a challenging life that may need restoration, balance and power.
Halevy recommends exercise, of course, but he said that can also add stress to the body. When times got tough for him recently, he tried some different techniques:
- Soak in Epsom salt nightly: Halevy suggests adding 1 cup of lavender-scented Epsom salt to his bath and soaking for 10 minutes, which he calls the “minimum effective dose.”
- Take a gentle yoga class twice a week: Slow yoga emphasizes posture and breathing, helping him focus.
- Practice meditation: Halevy has long done transcendental meditation, repeating a mantra to help escape from his body. Now, however, Halevy has shifted to mindful meditation. It focuses on breathing, pulled him into his body to be more aware of the moment.
“My stress levels were through the roof,” Halevy said, “but this was a perfect storm of what almost felt like happy, accidental discoveries.”
Note: For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.