I’m a mom and a human, so I have my fair share of stress. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed at times. It’s not, however, healthy to be in a persistent state of tension. Fortunately, I’m also a yoga therapist who specializes in stress relief. Whether I’m just “having a moment” or under a mountain of pressure, I have a endless pool of resources to dip into. Here are four simple ways to shift from dis-ease to ease.
Breathing with intention.
If I’m feeling anxious, I pause to notice how I’m breathing, which is usually shallow, rapid, and mostly in my chest. Since that can perpetuate stress, I shift the pattern to a deep, slow, diaphragmatic breath.
Try this by placing one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Allow your inhale to gently expand your belly and ribcage; let your exhale extend a couple seconds longer than your inhale as your belly relaxes. Repeat.