Understanding stress is key to finding solutions to tackle it. It is important to take into account that some stress is positive as it prepares you to succeed in high-intensity situations. Negative stress, on the other hand, drains your body of energy and causes illness.
Lose the negative attitude
Some stress is inevitable, however, a lot of stress comes from negative attitudes that get in the way of appreciating life. Practicing yoga allows you to build a positive and nurturing relationship with the world around you.
Look after yourself
There is a lot of pressure in everyday life to work hard and this pressure encourages people to ignore their health and happiness. Yoga allows you to take a step back and take the time to look after yourself, without feeling guilty.
Drop the ego
Having a big ego increases your chances of stress as you are more likely to put a lot of pressure on yourself. Yoga practice allows you to let go and accept that you can’t achieve everything alone.
Let go of what you can’t change
Many people hold on to things that they can’t change. This is unhealthy and creates unnecessary stress. Yoga is great at teaching you to detach yourself from situations that can hurt you in the long run.
Cultivate a relaxation practice
Relaxation practices are an amazing antidote to leading a highly stressful life. You can improve these practices by selecting a calm room in your house or office to set your practice. Use a pillow or blanket for your head and knees to increase support and bring along a sweater in case the cold distracts you.
Enjoy deep relaxation
Deep relaxation postures invite you to let go of stress and allow yourself to be transported to another dimension. The most famous of these poses is the corpse pose, where you have to lie still on your back. This pose is deceptive as it takes a lot of self-control to stop moving and let go of tension.
Take yoga breaks
Most stress is produced at work, making it the perfect place to take a yoga break. Find a quiet room and lay on the floor with your legs on a chair, cover yourself with a blanket and close your eyes. Stay in this position breathing deeply for as long as you can.
Prepare yourself for deep sleep
You can set yourself up for a successful sleep by practicing relaxation yoga in your bed. Lay on your back for eight breaths, then do the same on your left and right sides with a pillow between your knees.
Yoga has multiple techniques to tackle insomnia, the ultimate creator of stress. One of them includes going to bed as usual and imagining yourself snuggled in a safe ball of purple. Imagine a line of light extending between your head and hips, which should put you right to sleep.