Got Stress? 5 Things You Might Not Know About It

 

If you have a lot of stress in your life and you need help shifting your mental state, welcome. If you wanna stop letting your mind get involved in the stress, bringing it up and up in your body, welcome.

If you need something to lift your mind off of your body, to give you some more breathing room, I'm so glad you're here. 

Here are some things you might not know about stress:

 

1. Resistance is involved

Aiming to create conditions for release and true relaxation are key. We need to give ourselves moments to let go of fighting, tensing, and holding. It’s a reflex, our conscious and unconscious resistance.

 

2. We can use stress

The more we experience stress and discomfort consciously, the more it becomes transformative vs. oppressive. It's profound to be willing to turn towards the stress and ask "what is this teaching me?" 

 

3. Pain is universal

Just as you feel stress, so too are so many others at this moment. It’s almost like this feeling doesn’t really belong to you, it’s not your stress or my stress. It’s a current that moves through all of us

 

4. We have choices

If we don’t plan and prioritize, then we end up shoulding ourselves to death. Because I don't know about you, but I almost always feel like "Aw man, I should be doing more".

 

5. Fear is involved

No person is free from fear. A teacher of mine said, “Fear is: False Emotions Appearing Real or ForEver Avoiding Reality. I’ve found that gentle thought management can shine some light on fear and some approaches to meditation and yoga are really good at this too.

Sigh, I know it’s been a big day, or a big month, or even years, but try this breathing practice. I think you’ll really like it.


TRY RIGHT NOW

1. Relax jaw, sides of tongue and hands

2. Inhale. Pause. Exhale. Pause.

3. Extra focus on pauses {holding the breath without tightness, like floating in a cloud.} *Option to practice thought management.

4. Continue your day!


Lauren Ziegler, RYT500, is a Yoga Therapy practitioner fueled by personal experience {read more here} She has 1000+ hours training plus clinical hours in pain and stress management. She helps people with aches, injuries and serious chronic pain.