Everyone could use a dose of peace and calm throughout their day. But when you are running from appointment to appointment or chasing kids around the house, just finding time to yourself is difficult.
What if there’s a simple way to get small doses of stress relief throughout your day that’s completely overlooked? You could be at home, in the bathroom or even in the car and benefit. Read on to learn the stress-relieving yoga pose that will help you find your center on-the-go.
Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before trying yoga or meditation.
How Stress Affects Your Health
According to Mayo Clinic, stress and anxiety affect your health in more negative ways than one. Stress causes headaches, chest pain, sleep problems, upset stomach and even a change in sex drive. Mood wise, it can cause you to feel irritable, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed.
The negative effects of stress make it harder to be present in our daily lives and cause all kinds of unwanted behavioral changes like overeating, excessive drinking, less exercise and social withdrawal.
Benefits of Yoga & Mindfulness for Counteracting Stress
Just reading the nasty effects stress has on our bodies is enough to make anyone cringe. But there’s good news on the other side of this mountain of stress.
A study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that in 33 young adults, yoga-based interventions have “positive effects on perceived stress and quality of life.” Similarly, a study of medical and pre-med students by the Journal of Behavioral Medicine discovered that mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques reduce anxiety and overall psychological distress and increase empathy.
Yoga Pose for Natural Stress Relief
You have the tools for natural stress relief on the move. This simple pose can be practiced anywhere, anytime.
All you have to do is…
1. Place your arms by your sides and focus on your breathing
2. Inhale lifting your hands above your head and place your palms together, while looking up towards your hands
Where to Do This Pose & Modifications
Since you are practicing yoga for the first time, it is expected that you’ll have tense muscles. Your teacher may ask you to do some tension relieving stretches before the inversions begin.
Plus, you can add in affirmative phrases. Every time you do the pose, think or speak positive phrases like “I can do this,” “I am strong,” “I have everything I need,” or “I am confident.” Make up your own in the moment or use any phrase that makes you feel alive and empowered.