These have been difficult times for everyone, and as we finally come out of ‘lockdown’, many people are anxious about what lies ahead in the future. When we get anxious, it can lead to stress which can exacerbate a lot of other problems. Here are some tips for coping with stress.
- Recognize what causes you stress – in yourself, and in your particular situation
- Learn to live with imperfection – in yourself and other people
- Learn to delegate and share responsibility
- Believe in a good image of yourself – others can think well of you if you don’t think well of yourself
- Express your feelings
- Find and keep a strong group of friends – it’s important to have support
- Don’t make all your major life changes at one – i.e. new job, moving house, marriage, new baby etc.
- Learn to say NO
- Don’t be competitive all the time
- Reduce noise levels – take some time to enjoy the silence
- Try to eat healthy, nutritious meals, avoiding sugars, fats, and junk food
- Try meditation
- Slow down your movements – it will help slow down your mind
- Be aware of your breath – learn some breathing techniques to help you when you’re stressed
- Learn to relax properly – practice relaxing postures for at least a few minutes every day.
Yoga therapy can promote general emotional balance and can assist with mood regulation, below are some yoga postures that you could try that will help to relieve stress. I have attached a video if you would like to practice the flow.
Child’s Pose – This rests the posture and benefits the lymphatic nervous system
Cat/Cow – Stretches the lower back, massages the organs
Cobra – Opens the chest, relieves muscle pain
Extended Puppy Pose – Calms the mind, stretches muscles
Wide Leg Forward Fold – Cools the nervous system, Relives stress, fatigue & mild depression
Eagle Pose – Improves concentration, strengthens and stretches muscles, reduces fatigue
Seated Forward Fold – Stretches muscles, provides relief in menopause, kidneys, liver and ovaries, relaxes the mind
Bridge – Gentle stretch for the back and legs, brings calmness to the mind and reduces anxiety
Shoulderstand or legs up the wall – Improves circulation, soothes the nervous system
Plough – Stretches muscles, stimulates the Thyroid, reduces fatigue
Happy Baby – Enhances the mood, calms the mind and body, reduces fatigue
Savasana – Cools down the mind and body, triggers a state of deep relaxation
I hope that you find this helpful and enjoy practising the flow.
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