With midterms right around the corner, I wanted this blog post to focus mainly on how I relax myself when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed. There are plenty of things that will reduce stress short-term; pills, toys and trinkets, listening to music etc. But yoga and meditation are life long habits you should consider trying to reduce your stress because of the endless benefits!
Both yoga and meditation have been proven to permanently lower stress and anxiety levels! WHAAAT? How is this possible?
Well, yoga and meditation are both great ways to lower blood pressure and your heart rate, which immediately reduces stress. But, when done daily as part of a regular workout routine, it has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety overall. They both teach you mind-body control which allows you to live in the present and improves your overall mood and sense of well-being.
Not to mention, Yoga, when done regularly is a GREAT workout and can lead to great physical improvements and reduces your risks of chronic diseases. Both yoga and meditation force you to focus on controlling your breathing and syncing them with the natural flow of your body. Below I have provided some of MY favorite yoga poses and meditation techniques that help me relax in stressful situations. Remember, it is all about breathing and clearing your head.
So before you get overwhelmed with stress, hit the mat and try some of these poses to see how they make you feel! Try to hold each pose for 5-10 slow, deep breaths and repeat them 3-5 times.
Now, I know these may be a little awkward to do in the library while studying, so here are some meditation/breathing tricks you can use to reduce your stress wherever you are!
Diaphragmatic breathing is kind of a lost technique of breathing properly. Both babies and most all other mammals breathe this way. It forces us to focus on the inhale and exhale of each breath and reminds us just how important each molecule of oxygen really is to every cell in our body. I found that this website did a great job at explaining the science of exactly why deep breathing can help reduce stress.
So this week, I am challenging you to try something new! When you feel yourself starting to stress or feel overwhelmed, take a step back, take a deep breath and practice one of the above methods. Take note of how you feel and find the one that works best for you. Everyone’s body is different so listen closely to what it is telling you.
Until next time, keep it wholesome!