yogic remedies for reducing stress and anxiety

Stress is not a part of your life. Stress is just your inability to manage your own system.

Sadhguru

understanding stress

Stress is a physiological and psychological response that occurs when an individual perceives a situation or demand as challenging, overwhelming, or threatening to their well-being. It’s a natural and often adaptive reaction that prepares the body to deal with potential threats or challenges. However, when stress becomes chronic or excessive, it can have negative effects on physical and mental health.

Stress can be caused by various factors, including:

  1. Environmental Stressors: These are external events or situations that trigger a stress response. Examples include noise, pollution, work-related pressures, financial difficulties, relationship issues, and major life changes like moving, divorce, or the death of a loved one.
  2. Psychological Stressors: Internal factors such as negative thoughts, perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, and self-criticism can contribute to stress. These factors can increase the perceived difficulty of a situation, leading to stress.
  3. Biological Factors: Physical health conditions, genetics, and hormonal imbalances can play a role in how a person responds to stress. For example, the body’s “fight or flight” response is triggered by the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
  4. Cognitive Factors: How an individual perceives and interprets a situation also influences their stress levels. Unrealistic beliefs, negative self-talk, and catastrophic thinking can intensify stress.
  5. Social Factors: Interactions with family, friends, coworkers, and society at large can contribute to stress. Social pressures, conflicts, and lack of social support can all contribute to the experience of stress.
  6. Life Events: Major life events, whether positive (such as getting married) or negative (such as losing a job), can cause stress due to the significant adjustments and changes they require.
  7. Lifestyle Choices: Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as poor diet, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, and substance abuse, can make the body more susceptible to stress and less equipped to cope with it.

how to deal with stress

It’s important to note that not all stress is bad. Short-term stress responses can be helpful in situations where immediate action is needed. However, chronic or prolonged stress without effective coping mechanisms can lead to various health problems, including anxiety, depression, cardiovascular issues, weakened immune system, and more.

Here are a few asanas which will help your reduce your anxiety and calm you.

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Stretches your back, hips, thighs, and ankles.

Procedure

  • Sit in Vajrasana.
  • Slowly move forward until your forehead rests on the mat and your big toes to touching the floor.
  • You can rest your arms alongside your body, you can also extend your arms in front of you.
  • Stay in this pose for 20 seconds.

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

This pose puts the whole body at ease and leads to total relaxation.

Procedure

  • Start by lying flat on your back with your legs shoulder width apart. Keep your arms at your sides with palms facing up.
  • Keep your eyes closed, face relaxed, and focus on breathing deeply.
  • Allow your mind to focus on each part of your body, starting at the top of your head and moving all the way down to your feet and releasing each part.
  • Imagine all the fatigue leaving your body as you breath out and energy being restored as your breath in.
  • Stay in this pose for five minutes.

Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Stretches your legs and spine.

Procedure

  • Stand straight with feet together and arms alongside the body.
  • While breathing out bend down towards your feet.
  • Stay in the posture for 20 seconds and continue to breath deeply.
  • Keep the legs and¬†spine straight hands rest either on the floor, beside the feet or on the legs.
  • Try to move your chest as close as possible towards your knees.
  • As you breathe in slowly come up to the standing position.

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